CFP: Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature

The Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML) will hold its 48th Annual Symposium at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University from May 17-19, 2018.  We welcome proposals for individual papers, panels, or roundtables on Midwestern literature and readings of original creative work (poetry, short plays, fiction, nonfiction, etc.) with a Midwestern emphasis.  Presentations at the symposium are eligible for SSML prize competitions, and students can apply for scholarships to help offset travel and attendance costs.  All participants must be members of SSML

The Latest Episode of Heartland History with Matt Pehl

The latest episode of Heartland History is ready for your listening pleasure. This episode features an interview with Matt Pehl, Assistant Professor of History at Augustana University. Matt discusses his latest book,The Making of Working-Class Religion,  which examines the influence, or lack thereof, of the Catholic and Protestant churches on labor unions in Detroit, Michigan during 920s-30s.


New Blog: Museums of Minnesota

May is Minnesota Museums Month, and May 18 is International Museum Day. H-Midwest participates in this celebration of the preservation and presentation of the state's culture with the initiation of a new blog, Museums of Minnesota. Throughout the month, directors, curators, other staffers, and volunteers at museums and historical societies around the state will be posting about their work, artifacts in their collections, exhibits, and the rich resources they house. 

"What is the Midwest?"

Earlier today, H-Midwest Board member Jon Lauck appeared on "Central Standard" on KCUR in Kansas City to discuss the topic "What is the Midwest?" It was a fun and informative half hour on our favorite subject. A lot of interesting (and some surprising) definitions of Midwest came up, and quite a bit of sterotype bunking was heard.

Call for Panelists & Commentator: Beer/Alcohol in the Midwest


Alison Orton of UIUC-Chicago and I are seeking a commentator and panelists for a panel submission to the Midwest History Conference next June. Our current papers primarily focus on beer and ethnicity in the Midwest but we welcome submissions which investigate the social and cultural history of alcohol from any perspective.


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