2-4 PM - Doors Open at 1 PM $15 - Ticket includes one drink
Attend 2 sessions and get an additional FREE drink! All Participants must be 21 or over
Tickets can be purchased online by selecting the corresponding links below, or by contacting the Humanities North Dakota office at 701.255.3360.
The Rock's Corner Bar 113 1st St W, Dickinson, ND 58601
BU$TED: Where Have All the Boomtowns Gone?*
North Dakota's history is rife with the flash rise and fall of industrial growth. Let's look at the past and present presence of Boomtowns. What do they mean for individuals, populations, and the sense of community of the places that they create, inhabit, and leave behind?
Dr. Frank Varney earned his undergraduate degree at William Paterson University and his MA and Ph.D. at Cornell University. He regularly takes student groups to historic sites - especially Civil War battlefields - and makes frequent speaking appearances before Civil War roundtables, historical societies, and other interested groups; he has also been the keynote speaker at several veterans’ memorial dedications, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. He is an Associate Professor of US and Classical History at Dickinson State University of North Dakota, where he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award (voted by students) and of the Distinguished Professor Award. He is the author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History, published by Savas-Beatie, 2013 – which was a finalist for the prestigious Albert Castel award. A second volume will be in print soon.
Dr. Steven Doherty is a Professor of Political Science and Social Science Department Chair at Dickinson State University. He received his doctorate in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. His research interests and publications include the impact of energy development on political behavior in boomtown communities, minority group voting behavior, and the political career of Theodore Roosevelt. He loves science fiction and fantasy novels and political and historical fiction, especially the works of Tolkien, CS Lewis and the Game of Thrones series by George RR Martin.
SETTLERS: Are North Dakotans Happy?*
Theodore Roosevelt loved the people, the culture, the scenery and the opportunities offered by the Dakotas. Roosevelt wrote, “There was much hard work and some risk…but also much fun.” Dragseth asks us to consider if these traits, dating back to the settlement of the Dakota Territory, are still valued today.
Can a state of happiness be found in the state of North Dakota?
This session will examine the newest research on happiness and its link to long and successful lives. You will have the opportunity to test your "happiness index" on a nationally normed happiness scale as well as learn some simple things that you can do today to be a happier, more effective person and leader.
Debora Dragseth is a tenured professor of business at Dickinson State University, former Director of Dickinson State University’s Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program and former Chair of the Department of Business and Management. She is an active speaker on the topics of leadership, outmigration and Generation Y, leadership and outmigration.
Debora has been given Dickinson State University’s highest faculty award, the Distinguished Teacher of the Year. Debora was the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Teacher of the Year for 2008. In 2015, she was named Innovative Teacher of the Year. She has also been named the student-elected Outstanding Faculty. She has been a recent contributor to New Geography, India Times, CNN.com and MSN.com.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE: American Nightmare and Dream*
Some aspects of the American Dream are tied to material success—items to be purchased or consumed. The zombie apocalypse represents, in part, consumerism in its extreme and offers insights to our guilt about consumerism and the hope that we can change it.
The zombie apocalypse is the American Dream with bite.
Dr. Holly McBee, associate professor of English, began teaching at DSU in 2008. She has taught a wide range of courses, including composition, literary surveys, advanced literature courses, and literary theory. Her teaching and research areas of expertise include British literature, particularly from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Dr. McBee’s research focuses on nineteenth-century monster novels, like Dracula and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. She is also interested in the relationship between the eighteenth-century conduct novels and Victorian domestic novels.
Dr. McBee is the director of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program and chair of the Department of Language and Literature. When she is not busy with work, Dr. McBee enjoys watching gangster films. She is also a huge fan of The Walking Dead television series.
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented or expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with scholars who have expertise on a certain subject. The idea isn't to create consensus, but to foster an environment open to the discussion of varying viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives.