Sandoz Symposium, Pilster Lecture Going Virtual And Free

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t stopping the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society from holding its annual Symposium and Pilster Great Plains Lecture this month, but it is moving them online.

       The Lecture is always free, but the registration fee for the symposium is being waived this year.

      Society President Lynn Roper says this year’s Pilster Lecture will be Wednesday, Sept 16, and will be different than in the past in 2 major ways besides being online.

       One is that keynote speaker Dr Omar Valerio-Jimenez, professor of history at Texas-San Antonio, will be joined by a panel of experts to explore immigration in the American West from a national perspective.

      It will also be earlier in day, running from 4:30-6:00 MT. All virtual attendees will be given an advance copy of his speech with a chance to ask questions.

     Roper says the Mari Sandoz Symposium will also be different because instead of a day-long event with multiple sessions it will be a single 90-minute panel discussion from 4:30-7:00 MT on Thursday, Sept 17.

       The webinar also deals with immigration, but focused on the major groups who settled Sandoz Country and how the traditions they brought to the area have shaped the region’s rich cultural tapestry

.      Anyone interested in attending either the Pilster Lecture or the Sandoz Symposium can visit the Mari Sandoz Heritage Society website to register. Instructions to log in to the webinars will be provided at a later date prior to the event.