Knutson is keynote speaker for '99 Dakota Conference Dr. Wayne S. Knutson, professor emeritus at The University of South Dakota, is a keynote speaker at the 31st annual Dakota Conference on History, Literature, Art and Archeology this week on the Augustana College campus in Sioux Falls.
Knutson's address, "Oh, Up from Every Valley: The Legacy of the One-Room School Experience," will speak to the conference's main theme, "Education on the Northern Plains."
Freya Manfred, daughter of the late USD writer-in-residence Fred Manfred, will present a luncheon address on the subject of her father entitled, "How a Writer Lives and Dies."
Norma Clark Wilson from USD's English department will join her co-author, Charles Woodard, in signing copies of their new book, One-Room Country School: South Dakota Stories, at the event's autograph party.
Heather Collins, Thomas Gasque and Rita Easterby Olson, all of USD, Kent Scribner of the USD Foundation will be among several dozen persons presenting papers at the three-day event.
In addition, Mary Edelen of Vermillion, director of the state historical society, will moderate a panel on "The South Dakota State Historical Society at 98 in '99," and Herbert Hoover of the USD history department will chair a conference session on "20th Century Benedictinism in South Dakota."