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McClellan Symposium spotlights the American Middle West

08/28/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- "Writing Regionally: Historians Talk About the American Middle West" is the title for this year's McClellan Symposium, Friday and Saturday, Oct 2-3, at the Miami University Art Museum.

The event, sponsored annually by the Miami University department of history, is free and open to the public.

Conference participants will explore the significance of regionalism in the history of the Middle West as well as the region's identity problem. Americans have had little trouble constructing popular and scholarly images of the South, the West, or New England, but they have rarely considered the Middle West as a formal region, says conference coordinator Andrew Cayton, professor of history at Miami.

Participants include these historians of the Middle West: Kathleen Conzen, University of Chicago; Nicole Etcheson, University of Texas-El Paso; John S. Gilkeson, Arizona State University; John Gjerde, University, California at Berkeley; Susan Gray, Arizona State; Eric Hinderaker, University of Utah; R. Douglas Hurt, Iowa State University; John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University; James Madison, Indian University; Mary Neth, University of Missouri at Columbia; Jane M. Pedereson, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; and Kenneth Winkle, University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Miami participants include Cayton, Jack Kirby, Marjorie McClellan and Michael O'Brien, all history faculty.

Symposium papers will be available via the Internet prior to the symposium in order to allow an emphasis on conversation rather than presention.

For more information, contact Cayton at 529-5542 or caytonar@muohio.edu.

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