Wisconsin History Symposium 2014 conducts a call for papers

September 17, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is looking for additional presenters for its “Wisconsin History Symposium 2014 – People and the Land,” to be held on the university campus April 3-5, 2014. With three notable keynote speakers and 36 anticipated presenters, more than 150 people from throughout Wisconsin and the region are expected to attend. Everyone is welcome.

The statewide symposium, the first of its kind since the 1980s, is a new initiative of UW-Platteville’s history department, in conjunction with UW-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education and provost's office. The symposium’s planning committee includes representatives from various Wisconsin universities and the Wisconsin Historical Society.

“It is our goal to provide a variety of interesting, educational ways for people to understand the rich history of the state of Wisconsin,” said Tracey Roberts, the symposium’s coordinator and senior lecturer of history at UW-Platteville. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to receive additional proposals for papers, panels and films that will further enrich this extraordinary educational experience.”

“I got the idea to initiate the symposium after attending and presenting at several history conferences in Illinois,” explained Roberts. “I came away with many professional contacts and learned so much at these events. Illinois successfully offers two conferences every year, but in Wisconsin, we don't have a statewide conference geared toward those who are researching and writing about the state's past.”

“We believe historians of Wisconsin and lovers of history in general will gain a lot from a gathering such as this,” said Roberts. “We will share our research as well as allow new voices to be heard. We strongly encourage undergraduate and graduate students to attend and participate by offering a paper or panel. In fact, students can vie for prizes for best papers.”

The planning committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or panels on topics related to the symposium’s theme, “People and the Land.” Some of the topics to be presented include lead mining in Southwest Wisconsin; the history of land use in Wisconsin; prehistoric and historic archaeology; the struggle of workers, minorities and women in Wisconsin history; and much more.

Professional and avocational historians, archaeologists, social scientists, graduate and undergraduate students and those engaged in the study of Wisconsin history at libraries, museums, historic sites and historical societies are encouraged to submit proposals. The call for papers with proposal guidelines can be found at http://bit.ly/1bnfGVq.  Submissions are due by Dec. 15.

The committee also welcomes films from filmmakers and producers for the symposium’s film festival, which is free to all participants of the conference, community members and university faculty, staff and students. More information can be found at http://bit.ly/14bkxog.

In addition to the papers and panels on a variety of topics, the symposium will include a folk concert; an art exhibit; tours of the Southwest Wisconsin Room, UW-Platteville's regional history archives and museum; a film festival about the historical, cultural and environmental history of Wisconsin; and a tour of the Platteville Mining Museum and Mitchell-Rountree Stone Cottage.

Keynote speakers include Lucy Eldersveld Murphy, associate professor of history at Ohio State University, Newark, Ohio; Patty Loew, professor in the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Genevieve G. McBride, associate professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Dr. Stephen R. Byers, assistant professor of journalism at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis.

Registration for the symposium will open in November.

Contact: Tracey Roberts, Social Sciences Department, (608) 342-6159, robertstr@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Laurie A. Hamer, College of Liberal Arts and Education, (608) 342-6191, hamerl@uwplatt.edu

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