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MSU Centennial Celebration: Great Plains Symposium
(Campus Event)

This one-of-a-kind academic conference features key speakers Ian Frazier, Jerome Tweton, Christine Ogren, Raymond Screws, Jonathan Wagner and Mark Timbrook.

The cost of the symposium is free. Lunch is $10. (Lunch is free for MSU students.)

For more information regarding symposium speakers or to register, visit


Friday, Oct. 11.

McFarland Gallery, second floor of Old Main.
8:30 a.m. Opening Social.

Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, second floor of Old Main.
9:15 a.m. Welcome, Dr. David Fuller, president, Minot State University.

9:30 a.m. "Standing on 'One Leg': Immigrants on the Great Plains," Dr. Raymond Screws, independent scholar.

10:30 a.m. Break.

10:45 a.m. "The Digital Minot Project and the History of Minot State," Dr. Bethany Andreasen, MSU history professor, and Amy Lisner, Kevin Matze, Robert Schwartz, Joshua Lewis, and Kortney Arnold, student interns for the Digital Minot Project.

Conference Center, third floor of MSU Student Center.
12:00 noon "Memories of Minot State" lunch and roundtable discussion, hosted by Dr. Bethany Andreasen and the Digital Minot Project interns.

Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, second floor of Old Main.
1:15 p.m. "State Normal Schools and the Expansion of Educational Opportunity: Minot State's Origins in a National Context," Dr. Christine Ogren, associate professor, Department of Education Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa.

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Authors' Presentation on "When Dreams Come True: A Centennial History of Minot State University, 1913-2013," Dr. Jonathan Wagner, professor emeritus, and Mark Timbrook, MSU history instructor.

Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, second floor of Old Main.
7:00 p.m. "The Great Plains," Ian Frazier, writer and humorist, author of "Great Plains."

Saturday, Oct. 12.

Aleshire Theater Lobby, Hartnett Hall.
8:30 a.m. Open house with book signing available for "When Dreams Come True: Digital Minot."

Aleshire Theater, Hartnett Hall.
9:30 a.m. "The North Dakota Experience," Dr. D. Jerome Tweton, Chester Fritz distinguished professor emeritus of history, UND.

10:30 a.m. Break.

10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion on the Future of North Dakota, Alisa Dahl, area director for the Minot Area Office of USDA Rural Development, Katie Haarsager, community relations advisor for Enbridge Pipelines North Dakota, Dr. David Fuller, president, MSU. Moderated by Dr. Dan Ringrose.

12:00 p.m. Lunch.

12:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with Minot State Alumni and retired faculty and staff. Moderated by Dr. Joseph Jastrzembski, MSU history professor.

1:30 p.m. Closing.

Location: MSU Conference Center, Ann Nicole Nelson Hall and Aleshire Theater
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