MSU Centennial Symposium celebrates Great Plains
Minot State University is directly connected to place: to the northwest region of North Dakota and to the larger global environment. To commemorate MSU's Centennial Celebration, "Great Plains Symposium" will feature MSU's legacy, place and vision Oct. 11-12 with speakers, presentations and performances. This event, co-sponsored by the North Dakota Humanities Council and the MSU Board of Regents, is on MSU's campus.
"Minot State University would like to invite the community to attend the Great Plains Symposium Oct. 11-12. The symposium is open to all and features topics on MSU's Centennial history, Great Plains immigrants and the region's future," said Warren Gamas, symposium co-chair. "Author Ian Frazier will present the keynote address Oct. 11 on issues related to his book, ‘Great Plains.' His book is a provocative and fascinating study that does not hold back in its discussions of the many issues and challenges that are unique to our region."
Ian Frazier, American writer and humorist, 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."
The symposium schedule features the following historical presentations:
- "The North Dakota Experience" by D. Jerome Tweton, Chester Fritz distinguished professor emeritus of history, University of North Dakota.
- "State Normal Schools and the Expansion of Educational Opportunity: Minot State's Origins in a National Context" by Christine Ogren, associate professor of education policy and leadership studies, University of Iowa.
- "Standing on 'One Leg': Immigrants on the Great Plains" by Raymond Screws, historian.
- "When Dreams Come True: A Centennial History of Minot State University, 1913-2013" by Jonathan Wagner, professor emeritus of history, MSU, and Mark Timbrook, adjunct instructor of history, MSU.
- "Digital Minot Project" by Bethany Andreasen, professor of history, MSU, and MSU history student interns. Andreasen and the student interns will present their research on the university's history.
Two panel discussions will facilitate dialog. One discussion will look at North Dakota's future. Another panel will feature MSU and the memories of retired MSU faculty and staff and alumni.
The Great Plains Symposium is free, though there is a minimal charge for Oct. 11 and 12 lunches. MSU students eat free.
To register or learn more, visit www.minotstateu.edu/100/symposium.shtml.
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.