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2008.03.03 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@mail.unomaha.edu

Missouri Valley History Conference Returns to Omaha

Omaha - The Missouri Valley History Conference continues its half-century tradition for three days this month at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. The annual event will be held Thursday, March 6 through Saturday, March 8.

This year’s conference features a number of topics including Omaha and Nebraska history, as well as history on the Middle East and India. All areas of history will be discussed during more than 50 panel sessions.

Two guest lecturers are scheduled to speak at two luncheons during the conference.

The first is Thursday, March 6, featuring Dr. Peter Maslowski of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of History. He will discuss “ULTRA Intelligence and Strategic Deception: Two Keys to Allied Success on D-Day” at the Embassy Suites.

On Friday, March 7, Dr. Roderick Camp from Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, Calif.) will discuss “Mexico’s Leadership, Has Democracy Made a Difference?” at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.

Maria S. Arbelaez, 2008 program chair, said the conference is one of the major academic conventions of the Midwest proven by the number of panels and attendees. "This year’s meeting promises to be an outstanding conference," she said.

Registration fee is $60 per person; UNO students can attend free.

The annual reception begins at 6 p.m. Friday, March 7 at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of History has hosted the event since 1958. The conference, an annual rite of spring for the Midwestern historical community, is the longest standing professional gathering of historians in the region. With panels on all time periods of history, from the classical era to the modern, and with all topical emphases, from political history to newer social and cultural approaches, the conference allows scholars to exchange ideas and advance historical knowledge.

The Missouri Valley History Conference, Inc. is a non-profit corporation in the state of Nebraska. The MVHC, Inc. and the UNO Department of History sponsor the 51st annual conference.

For complete event details, including session information, visit www.unomaha.edu/mvhc or call (402) 554-2593.

UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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