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50th Annual Dakota Conference

  • 50th Annual Dakota Conference
  • 2018-04-20T00:00:00-05:00
  • 2018-04-21T23:59:59-05:00
  • 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


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.  


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