Twenty-three graduate and undergraduate students from four colleges and universities throughout the region presented or commented on papers. The winning authors earned certificates and book awards.

Jack Tunstall, history professor at the University of South Florida and Executive Director of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, presented the plenary lecture, “The Effects of World War I on World History.” The conference was sponsored by the USD history department and the local chapter of Phi Alpha Theta.

Here are the winners:

Modern Social Movements: Christopher Zimmer of Rapid City, USD, “A Self-inflicted Wound: How Militancy Backfired on the Black Panther Party” Women’s History: Carolyn Johnson, Augustana College, “The Sisters of Cheer: A Consideration of South Dakota Women on the World War I Home Front”
Ancient History: Jessica Sundleaf of Sioux Falls
, USD, “Germania”
Intellectual History: Jonathan Susemihl of Sioux Falls; USD; “The Crusades Today: How the Perceptions of a Medieval War Affect Contemporary Conflict in the Middle East”
Environmental History: Cindy Schnabel of Northern State University; “Arsenic, Grasshoppers and the Water in Oakes, North Dakota, 1930-2006”

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