50th Annual Dakota Conference

Soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swamp, 1969. Courtesy National Archives.

Soldiers carry a wounded comrade through a swamp, 1969. Courtesy National Archives.

Held every April, the Dakota Conference examines issues of contemporary significance to the Northern Plains region in their historical and cultural contexts. Religion and spirituality, geography and identity, the impact of global conflict, Hispanic/Latino influence, and the 1973 Wounded Knee Occupation have been examined in recent years.

50th Annual Dakota Conference

Korea and vietnam: 25 years of war in asia, 1950-1975

The conference will be held April 20-21, 2018, in the CWS Fantle Building on the Augustana campus.

Conference Theme: The conflicts in Korea and Vietnam from 1950 to 1975 continue to impact the United States. The year 2018 marks the 65th year since the Korean War ended in stalemate and the 50th year since the Tet Offensive revealed the futility of the Vietnam War. The 50th annual Dakota Conference seeks to examine how the twenty-five years of war in Asia, following World War II, continue to influence the lives of those who live in the Northern Plains (the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana). Veterans of these wars are especially encouraged to consider presenting on their service, but also those whose lives were impacted indirectly by the wars. Native Americans from the Plains states who served in either conflict are also encouraged to consider presenting on their service. Papers about life in the Plains states during these years are also welcome, along with papers about Korea and Vietnam today. Scholars whose specialty is the twentieth-century Great or Northern Plains are also sought for their contextual knowledge of the conflicts. Sessions or panels related to the conference topic are welcome.  

Submission Requirements: Online submission forms are available. Presenters can also send a one-page paper or panel proposal with title, brief summary, and biographical sketch, along with presenter name, address, phone number, and email address via email, or mail to:

Dakota Conference
Center for Western Studies
Augustana University
2001 S. Summit Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Proposals (not completed papers) are due on or before Friday, February 9, 2018. Please indicate whether you would be willing to serve as a session chair.

Autograph Party: The Northern Plains Autograph Party will be held on Saturday, April 21, in conjunction with the conference. Authors of recent books about the Northern Plains may apply for invitation to the autograph party by contacting Executive Director Harry Thompson by February 9, 2018.

Cash Awards: Awards in academic, non-academic, student, and women’s history categories are available.

The Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains is a humanities-based public affairs program of the Center for Western Studies, which examines topics specific to the region of interest to its residents. The Center’s Boe Forum on Public Affairs examines national and global issues of concern to the people of the region. The CWS Public Affairs Series publishes books exploring problems impacting the Northern Plains.

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The Dakota Conference is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.