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Midwestern History Conference

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This conference continues a vibrant discussion that has grown significantly over the last six years by placing Midwestern studies at the center of American historiography. Scholars from many different career paths and stages with original research gather at this annual meeting, striving to cultivate a rigorous historical understanding of a complex, dynamic, and often misunderstood region.

Midwestern History Conference Highlights


Midwestern History Conference 2021: The Midwest at the Intersection of Past and Present

2021- The Midwest at the Intersection of Past and Present

As in 2016, the 2020 election year shined a spotlight on the Midwest. This conference continues a vibrant discussion which has grown significantly over the last six years, a collaborative conference designed to spark – and sustain – a revival of Midwestern studies in American historiography. Infused with the varieties of original research pursued by scholars from many different career paths and stages, this annual gathering strives to cultivate rigorous historical understanding of a complex, dynamic, and misunderstood region.

Hosted for the seventh year by the Hauenstein Center in collaboration with the Midwestern History Association and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, Library & Museum, this conference assembles a broad array of historians, literary scholars, and cultural commentators dedicated to rebuilding the field of Midwestern studies. In casting light upon the vast expanse of scholarly terrain available in Midwestern history to those willing to cultivate it in their minds, classrooms, and research centers, “The Midwest at the Intersection of Past and Present” will continue the project of rebuilding the intellectual infrastructure necessary for studies of the American Midwest to flourish.

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2019 - Finding the Lost Region V

Bounded by the Great Plains and Great Lakes; known for agriculture and industry; for irenic countryside and great cities; labeled the Breadbasket, the Heartland, and the Rust Belt; the history of the Midwest — its peoples and places, cultures and conflicts, aspirations and afflictions —  is the history of America's most common ground. Hosted for the fifth consecutive year by the Hauenstein Center in collaboration with the Midwestern History Association, this conference assembled more than 190 scholars dedicated to sparking — and sustaining — a revival of Midwestern studies in American historiography. It provided an array of panel presentations, round table discussions, and keynote addresses by leading scholars on the rich varieties of Midwestern history.

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