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Ian Frazier, Photo courtesy of Sigrid Estrada 2013 Centennial

Great Plains Symposium

October 11-12, 2013 on the Minot State University campus

North Dakota Humanities Council

This event is co-sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the MSU Board of Regents.

MSU's Centennial Celebration: Great Plains Symposium will feature our legacy, our place and our vision with a medley of speakers, presentations and performances highlighted by Great Plains writer and humorist Ian Frazier.

Frazier is best known for his 1989 non-fiction history "Great Plains," his acclaimed 2010 best-selling opus "Travels in Siberia" and as a writer and humorist for "The New Yorker." His other published works include "The Fish's Eye," "On the Rez," "Family," "Coyote v. Acme" and "Dating Your Mom."

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» Symposium Parking Map [pdf]
» Online Registration (Registration is encouraged but not required)
» Invitation to Faculty

The symposium schedule features historical presentations by:

D. Jerome Tweton: "The North Dakota Experience." Tweton is a Chester Fritz distinguished professor emeritus of history, University of North Dakota.
Christine Ogren: "State Normal Schools and the Expansion of Educational Opportunity: Minot State's Origins in a National Context." Ogren is an associate professor of education policy and leadership studies, University of Iowa.
Raymond Screws: "Standing on 'One Leg': Immigrants on the Great Plains." Screws is an historian.
Jonathan Wagner, professor emeritus of history, MSU, and Mark Timbrook, technology design specialist and adjunct instructor of history, MSU: "When Dreams Come True: A Centennial History of Minot State University, 1913-2013."
Bethany Andreasen, professor of history, MSU, and MSU history student interns: "Digital Minot Project." Andreasen and the student interns will present their research on the university's history.

Minot State alumni, students, faculty and staff will share their memories and look forward to hearing yours!



Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the Great Plains Symposium do not necessarily reflect those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.