VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host its 51st annual Student History Conference on Thursday, April 21, that will bring undergraduates and graduates from around the region to campus.
The conference begins at 9 a.m. in the Muenster University Center ballroom. Students from eight universities will present their research: Creighton University, Northern State University, Morningside College, Southwest Minnesota State University, Wayne State College, Mount Marty College, Augustana University and USD.
Two keynote speakers will also be part of the program: Timothy Brennan, Ph.D., the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities at the University of Minnesota, and L. Stephanie Cobb, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at Virginia’s University of Richmond. Brennan will speak from 10-11 a.m. and Cobb will present the closing lecture at 3:30 p.m.
“This provides significant exposure to students interested in research and gives them an opportunity to present a paper that they have done exceptional work on,” said Kylie Stevens, a graduate student in history who organized the conference. “I hope, as any historian hopes, that this conference opens up the minds of the listeners. These students represent the future historians that will shape how history will be understood.”
The conference is free, open to the public and sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society. To participate, students must first be nominated by a professor who sees not only potential for their research to have long-lasting impact but also a passion for history and the importance of its continued study.