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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 20, 1999
SDSM& T TO HOST ‘ LIFE ON THE GREAT PLAINS’ CONFERENCE
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 take place September 30 to October 2, 1999 at the Radisson Hotel in Rapid City.
Presentations and workshops offered by scholars from around the region will consider such subjects as the history, literature, music, customs, religion, and oral tradition of the Great Plains people. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Dr. Jane Curry, who describes herself as an author, storyteller, performer, and “ recovering academic.“ In“ Samantha ‘ Rastles’ the Woman Question,” Curry will appear as Samantha Smith Allen, a farm wife and rustic philosopher created by the 19th- century humorist Marietta Holley.
Other special presentations scheduled throughout the conference include Dr. Mark McGinnis' “ Elders of the Faith" project; Dr. Orval Van Deest's presentation of Capt. Jack Crawford, a Black Hills miner, scout, and author; Joyce Jefferson and Deb Carpenter's session on women on the Great Plains; and Native American storytelling featuring Calvin Jumping Bull, Albert White Hat, and Duane Hollow Horn Bear.
For further information about the conference, contact Dr. Judy Sneller, SDSM& T Humanities Department, at ( 605) 394- 1246 or e- mail at jsneller@ silver. sdsmt. edu.
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