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2015 Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference

  • Thursday, March 26, 2015 through Saturday, March 28, 2015
  • Centennial Student Union, Minnesota State University Mankato

The Honors Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato is proud to host the 2015 Upper Midwest Regional Honors Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “Confluence and Conflict.” Though the conference organizers encourage proposals about all topics, proposals that engage this theme will be especially welcome. Minnesota State Mankato faculty members Dr. Shannon Fisher (Director of the Water Resources Center) and Dr. Gwen Westerman (English and Humanities) will give public lectures on the regional river systems and Dakota culture and history, respectively.

Registration Costs:
Before February 28th, student registration is $65 and faculty registration is $75.
After February 28th, student registration is $75 and faculty registration is $85.
The last day to register for the conference is March 13th.

For proposal and presentation abstracts to be included in the conference program, they should be submitted by February 28th.


Conference Start & End Times:  

The conference begins on Thursday, March 26th with the optional City as Text event. Please see the City as Text description below. Check-in for City as Text begins at 12:30 PM with the event following at 1:30 PM; all participants must be present by the scheduled start time for this session.

If your program/college will not be partaking in City as Text, conference check-in occurs between 4:30 and 5:30 PM before Thursday night’s opening dinner and welcome. The conference will conclude on Saturday, March 28th by noon, so that your program/college may depart fairly early in the day. If you have any questions about the conference schedule before the event, please do not hesitate to contact us with your clarifications. 

City as Text Description:

We are excited to announce that Tony Filipovitch will be facilitating a regional "City as Text" event in our Mankato community. Dr. Filipovitch is Professor Emeritus at MSU Mankato, where he taught Urban Studies, Nonprofit Management, and Honors.  He learned “City as Text” in an extended summer workshop with Bernice Braid in Chicago.

“City as Text” is an exercise in “close reading,” except rather than a written text one is reading the natural, built, and social environment.  It is also a way to explore a new place and take its pulse.  This afternoon-long workshop will begin with some common instruction, then in small groups participants will spread out around the city, taking notes as you go.  Upon returning you will organize your observations and write your reflections on what you saw.  Dress for the weather, bring pocket change for the bus, and be prepared to stop someplace for a bite to eat.

This pre-conference workshop will occur on the afternoon of Thursday, March 26th. Check-in for City as Text participants will be available from 12:30-1:30 PM. There is no additional charge to participate in this experience. Conference attendees will be prompted to indicate their participation during the registration process.