April

2013 Everett C. Albers Humanities Festival: “American Outlaw Identity”

Amy Magstadt, associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595, Amy.Magstadt@dickinsonstate.edu

Dickinson State University and the Everett C. Albers Humanities Institute board members will host the Everett C. Albers 2013 Humanities Festival: “American Outlaw Identity,” Thursday, April 11 - Friday, April 29.

“American Outlaw Identity” explores how social and cultural attitudes toward outlaw behavior are expressed in history, literature, sociology and film. This year’s festival includes presentations, panels and discussions on topics as diverse as Native American gangs, the myth of the outlaw in American culture and historical reactions to outlaw behavior during the Prohibition period.

This year’s festival includes a special panel presentation entitled, “Native Gangs of the High Plains,” which will be streamed via IVN telecast to Bismarck State College NECE 304 in Bismarck. The panel features a presentation by Christopher Grant, national Native American gang specialist. Moderated by Dr. Frank Varney, assistant professor of history, the panel will also consist of Scott Davis, executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, and Dr. Karen Hale, DSU assistant professor of sociology. Additionally, Frank Vyzralek, North Dakota’s first state archivist, will discuss the legacy of prohibition in N.D. with special emphasis on Dickinson and the Western Edge. Also, an original premier radio play, “The Man the Bank Fell On,” will be performed by its writer and producer Pat Barnhart in collaboration with SneakPique productions.

Everett C. Albers graduated from Dickinson State University in 1966 and taught English at Dickinson State College from 1969-1973. His commitment to the humanities and public education in North Dakota eventually led him to be the inaugural director of the North Dakota Committee for the Humanities and Public Issues. Albers served from 1973 until his death in 2003. Following his death, DSU established the Albers Humanities Institute, which has been dedicated to the memory and professional values of Albers.

Each program is approximately one hour in length and are free and open to the public. The festival is sponsored by the Albers Humanities Institute, Dickinson State University and the North Dakota Humanities Council. For a complete schedule of Everett C. Albers 2013 Humanities Festival, click here.