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2006.01.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO to Host 49th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference

Omaha - Scholars from across the state, region and country will be coming to Omaha for the 49th Annual Missouri Valley History Conference (MVHC), hosted since 1958 by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of History. The conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 2-4, at the Embassy Suites Old Market/Downtown, 555 S. 10th St.

"We expect more than 250 participants to register," said Moshe Gershovich, associate professor of history at UNO and program coordinator.  "There's something for everyone at the conference.  We welcome professors, teachers, students and anyone interested in history."

Several UNO faculty members will serve as chairs, commentators or presenters for the conference's 45 sessions.  Topics of presentations include all fields of history, periods and geographical regions.

Philip Khoury, professor of history and the Kenan Sahin dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will give the Friday, March 3, keynote address to the conference.  Khoury, an internationally renowned expert on the Middle East, will present "The Arab World: What Went Wrong and How Can We Make It Better."   

"Dr. Khoury's subject is both timely and important," Gershovich said.  "We are delighted to have someone of his stature at the conference."

Khoury is the author of several books on the history of the Middle East and has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation.  He also has been a visiting associate at the University of Oxford and is a faculty associate at Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

The keynote presenter on Thursday, March 2, is John Wunder, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor of history.  His speech, titled "On Comparative History: Two Treaties," will focus on Native Americans in the American West.

A special session open to the general public on Thursday night, March 9, will feature Trudy Bell, an independent scholar from Ohio.  Her presentation, titled "The Great Easter Flood of 1913: The United States' Now-Forgotten Worst Natural Disaster," is most timely, Gershovich said.  "With the recent natural disasters around the globe and in the USA, it's important to look back at how others have handled similar situations."  Her presentation begins at 8 p.m.

Exhibits from book companies, as well as regional historical museums and societies, also will be on display at the conference.

Pre-registration for the MVHC (by Feb. 15) is $50. Late registration (including at the door) is $60.  Students from area high schools, colleges and universities are admitted free with ID (excluding meals) and are encouraged to register.  A $10 single-panel pass is also available for those interested in a specific topic or who cannot attend the entire conference.  For more information on the MVHC, contact Moshe Gershovich at (402) 554-3175 or mgershovich@mail.unomaha.edu.  The Web site for the conference is http://www.unomaha.edu/mvhc/index.html.

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The Missouri Valley History Conference Inc. is a nonprofit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The 49th Annual MVHC is organized by MVHC Inc. and sponsored in part by UNO.

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