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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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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.

Located at the confluence of the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers, Mankato has a long history of peoples coming together to exchange goods, resources, and ideas. The Dakota called the region home, and French fur traders first visited in the early eighteenth century. The nineteenth century witnessed a series of treaties and conflicts between settlers and the Dakota which eventually erupted into the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. In the wake of the war, the Dakota were expelled from their lands, and the region received an influx of settlers. The modern metropolitan area has since developed as a significant economic, education, and health care hub for southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa.

Join us for the 2015 UMRHC and visit the city that Sinclair Lewis once described in Main Street (1920) as “New England reborn.” Mankato is centrally located within the Upper Midwest Region, with easy access to major interstates and state highways. The city is 78 miles southwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

Contact Information: Contact us at any time with questions regarding next year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you in Mankato!

You can view the program here: [PDF] 2015 UMHC Program (4 MiB)

Dr. Christopher R. Corley
Honors Program Director
(507) 389-6374

Ginny Walters, M.Ed.
Honors Program Assistant Director
(507) 389-1262

We would like to thank our conference sponsors for dedicating funds and resources to make UMRHC 2015 a success!

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