CWS Hosts Plains Politics Symposium and Book Launch

The Center for Western Studies invites you to join us Saturday, Sept. 8, for the launch of volume three of "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture," one of the newest titles from the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

  • When Sep 08, 2018 from 07:30 AM to 01:00 PM
  • Where Center for Western Studies, Fantle Building, 2121 South Summit Avenue
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Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

The Center for Western Studies invites you to join us Saturday, Sept. 8, for the launch of volume three of "The Plains Political Tradition: Essays on South Dakota Political Culture," one of the newest titles from the South Dakota Historical Society Press.

Continuing their in-depth analysis of the wide-ranging political culture of South Dakota, editors Jon K. Lauck, John E. Miller, and Paula E. Nelson have assembled incisive essays, which articulate the often-complex nature of politics in the Mount Rushmore State.

This one-of-a-kind symposium will feature three panels of historians, journalists, and political junkies followed by a book signing. Copies of the new book will be available for sale at the event.


Full Schedule

7:30 – 7:40 a.m. 

  • Welcome | Harry Thompson, Executive Director, Center for Western Studies 
  • Greeting | Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President, Augustana University
  • Introduction | Nancy Koupal, Director, South Dakota Historical Society Press

7:40 – 8:00 a.m.

  • “Sources for South Dakota Political History” | Michele Christian, Archivist, South Dakota State University, and Dan Daily, Dean of Libraries, University of South Dakota

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. PANEL 1: The Deep History of South Dakota Politics

  • “The Civil War and South Dakota Political Development” | Kurt Hackemer, University of South Dakota
  • “American Indian Politics in Early South Dakota” | Linda Clemmons, Illinois State University
  • “South Dakota Populism” | Jeff Wells, University of Nebraska-Kearney
  • “South Dakota Progressivism” | Kenneth Smith, North Dakota State University
  • Chair | David Earnest, University of South Dakota

9:45 – 11:15 a.m. PANEL 2: The Politics of the Recent Past in South Dakota

  • “Gender Politics in 1970s South Dakota” | Matthew Pehl, Augustana University
  • “The Politics of the 1980s in South Dakota” | Cory Haala, Marquette University
  • “Bill Janklow, Stan Adelstein, and Jewish Political Participation in South Dakota” | Art Marmorstein, Northern State University, and Eric Zimmer, Vantage Point Research
  • Chair | Joel Johnson, Augustana University 

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PANEL 3: The South Dakota Political Tradition and the Contemporary Political Scene

  • Jonathan Ellis
  • John Miller
  • Bob Mercer
  • Paula Nelson
  • Seth Tupper
  • Chair | Jon Lauck

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

  • Informal Book Signing