World War II Comes to the Northern Plains (1941-2016); 75th Anniversary Observance

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
February 12, 2016
Location: 
South Dakota, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Native American History / Studies, Military History, World History / Studies

Conference Theme:  In observance of the 75th anniversary (1941-2016) of America's entrance into World War II, we seek papers and panels that will examine the impact of the war, in all of its manifestations, on the Northern Plains region, specifically South Dakota and the contiguous states of North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.  Presentations on the contributions of people from the Northern Plains, including Native Americans, are also encouraged.

Keynote Speaker:  R. Douglas Hurt, author of The Great Plains during World War II and Professor and Chairman of the Department of History at Purdue University.  Dr. Hurt is also the author of The Big Empty: The Great Plains in the Twentieth Century.

Submission Requirements:  Send a one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief summary, and biographical sketch, along with full contact information to dakotaconference@augie.edu or, by mail, to “Dakota Conference,” The Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197. Proposals only are due on or before February 12, 2016. An online version of the session schedule will be available after March 18, 2016 at www.augie.edu/cws/.

Autograph Party: The Northern Plains Autograph Party will be held in conjunction with the conference on Saturday, April 23. Authors of recent books about the Northern Plains may apply for invitation to the autograph party by contacting Harry Thompson, Executive Director, The Center for Western Studies, harry.thompson@augie.edu, by February 12, 2016.

Awards:  Submitted papers are considered for cash awards in academic, non-academic, student, and women’s history categories.

Improving the quality of social and cultural life in the Northern Plains . . . achieving a better understanding of the region, its heritage, and its resources . . . and stimulating interest in the solution to regional problems. 

Contact Info: 

Send submissions to dakotaconference@augie.edu or, by mail, to “Dakota Conference,” The Center for Western Studies, Augustana University, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57197