Presenters, Authors Sought for 45th Annual Dakota Conference

The Center for Western Studies (CWS) at Augustana College has issued a call for presenters and authors for the annual Dakota Conference on the Northern Plains, to be held April 26-27, on campus.

Now in its 45th year, the Dakota Conference seeks to examine issues of contemporary significance in their historical and cultural contexts through history, literature, art and archeology. Recent topics of interest have been water use, urbanization, the Black Hills and railroads, and Wounded Knee.

The theme for the 2013 Conference is “The Spanish Northern Plains.” The Center is seeking papers about Spanish exploration of and Hispanic/Latino immigration to the Northern Plains. Papers and sessions on all aspects of the Northern Plains are also welcome.
Speakers addressing the topic of “The Spanish Northern Plains” include Juan Bonilla, President of LaVoz Hispana TV and Chair of the Sioux Falls Diversity Council; Derek Everett of Metropolitan State University of Denver; Pablo Rangel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Juan Gonzalez, Northern State University; Rapid City attorney Thomas Simmons; and Michael Olson, author of books about the Santa Fe Trail.
Sessions on other topics include “The Life and Historical Legacy of Senator James Abdnor”; “The Story of South Dakota Immigrant Groups”; and “Reflections on Thirty Years of Political Report in South Dakota.”  Jeffrey Johnson, Providence College, Rhode Island, will speak on Labor Day in the Progressive Era in the Upper Midwest, and Gary Olson will present a computer analysis of ethnic diversity in early Sioux Falls.
Presenters should send a one-page paper or session proposal with title, brief description, and biographical sketch, along with name, street address, phone number, and e-mail address, to “Dakota Conference,” The Center for Western Studies, Augustana College, 2001 S. Summit Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D., 57197, or send information via e-mail to Proposals are due on or before Friday, Feb. 8. 
Authors of recent books of regional interest are encouraged to contact Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies, at, by Friday, Feb. 8. The 26th Northern Plains Autograph Party will be held on Saturday, April 27, in conjunction with the conference.
Cash awards will be presented for best papers in each of the following categories: professional (academic), amateur (non-academic), student, and women’s history. 
The Dakota Conference is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.