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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
( July 19, 1999)
SDSM& T TO HOST “ LIFE ON THE GREAT PLAINS: AN
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology will host “ Life on the Great Plains: An Interdisciplinary Symposium,” a conference sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council and the Great Plains Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association. The conference will bring together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines to explore the many facets of life in this region. The conference will take place September 30 to October 2, 1999 at the Radisson Hotel in Rapid City.
Presentations and workshops will consider such subjects as the history, literature, music, customs, religion, and oral tradition of the Great Plains people. Presentation topics include “ The Delicate Dance of Technology and Faith,” “ Learning to Leave the High Plains,” “ A Great Plains Friendship: Lakota and White Women,” and many more.
The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Jane Curry, who describes herself as an author, storyteller, performer, and “ recovering academic.“ Her many accomplishments include teaching at Lafayette College, touring with the Minnesota Chautauqua, publishing three books, and performing solo shows nationally and internationally since 1983. At the conference Curry will perform “ Samantha ‘ Rastles’ the Woman Question,” in which she appears as Samantha Smith Allen, a farm wife and rustic philosopher created by the 19th- century humorist Marietta Holley.
A variety of other special presentations will also be scheduled throughout the conference. Dr. Mark McGinnis will present his “ Elders of the Faith” project which consists of acrylic portraits and interviews of elders of a variety of religions active in the Dakotas. Dr. Orval Van Deest will present a Chautaqua program on the colorful life and poetry of Black Hills miner, scout, and author, Capt. Jack Crawford, while a special session on life on the Great Plains from a woman’s perspective will feature presentations by Joyce Jefferson and Deb Carpenter.
Registration for the conference is $ 25 if received before September 3. Participants can register for special activities at an additional cost. For further information about “ Life on the Great Plains: An Interdisciplinary Symposium,” contact Dr. Judy Sneller, SDSM& T Humanities Department, at ( 605) 394- 1246 or e- mail at jsneller@ silver. sdsmt. edu.
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