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MSU Will Host the Mid-America Conference on History Next Weekend

Next weekend, MSU will host the 34thMid-America Conference on History at the Doubletree Hotel, Sept. 20-22. This event is only held in Springfield every four years. All sessions of the conference are free and open to the public. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.


There will be 46 sessions presented in the two day conference, covering a wide variety of historical subjects like the American Civil War, women’s history, religion in early America and the history of the American South. One section will feature a discussion on the latest insights of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. That session will be at 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 21.

Dr. Worth Robert Miller, history professor at MSU, is a coordinator of the event.

“We will have a two-and-a-half day conference; we’ll have a number of important sessions from people who range everywhere from noted scholars all the way down to graduate students. We have a large number of people who come here from other states, I believe there’s about 25 states represented along with Washington D.C. and one person from a foreign country.”

That person is Rami Khouri, a professor from the American University in Beirut. Khouri, who is an internationally-syndicated journalist, will speak on “Understanding the Arab Uprisings in Their Proper National and Political Contexts” at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.

“On Friday, our luncheon speaker is Douglas Brinkley, who people have probably seen on T.V. quite a number of times, he’s usually a talking-head for people about the presidency. His latest book is on Walter Cronkite, the journalist, and that’s what he’s going to talk about.”

The third featured speaker, George Rable of the University of Alabama, will speak on the religious history of the Civil War.

During the conference, there will be free continuous shuttle bus service between Strong Hall at MSU, Drury University, and the Doubletree Hotel on Thursday and Friday during the daytime sessions. The shuttle will depart from MSU 20 minutes before the start of each session.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.


For a full list of conference sessions, you can contact Miller at 836-4141. The conference program, as well as the shuttle schedule, are also available online at http://history.missouristate.edu/conference/.