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2009.02.26 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Missouri Valley History Conference Returns to Omaha

Omaha - The annual Missouri Valley History Conference, organized by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of History, continues its half-century tradition for three days next month at the Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Omaha. The annual event will be held Thursday, March 5, through Saturday, March 7.

This year’s conference features a number of topics including Nebraska history and other worldwide themes. Two guest lecturers are scheduled to speak at two luncheons during the conference. Both luncheon presentations take place at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 555 S. 10th St.

Dr. Karl Borden, professor of financial economics at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, will present Thursday, March 5, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The topic of Dr. Borden’s presentation is: “An Economic Reassessment of the New Deal: How Misguided Economics and Political Uncertainty Combined to Lengthen the Great Depression.”

On Friday, March 6, Dr. Oliver Pollak, UNO history professor, will present “Thinking Ahead: Why Centennials Matter.” UNO continues its centennial celebration through September. Dr. Pollack presents from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Registration fee is $65 per person; UNO students can attend free.

The annual reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

“For regular and new attendees, the conference offers its customary camaraderie among colleagues, students, friends and interest history aficionados,” said Maria S. Arbelaez, 2009 program chair.

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 52nd annual conference.

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

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes 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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