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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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When October 24-27, 2013
Where Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Madison, Lincoln, Nebraska

Tickets for the 2013 regional conference are no longer available. Mark your calendars for next year's conference in Madison, Wisconsin on the weekend of October 16th.

This conference was well attended considering Lincoln is on the western edge of the region and not an inexpensive destination for many. Our keynote lecture was open to the public and we estimate that 350 people attended Christian Patterson's lecture on his project Redheaded Peckerwood that focuses on a subject of local interest: the 1958 Nebraska killing spree by Charles Starkweather and Caril Anne Fugate. Our invited speaker, John Pfahl filled the auditorium at the Sheldon Museum of Art and kept everyone in good spirits through projector troubles and gave a thoughtful reflection of his major bodies of work since the 1970's. Honored educator Jeff Curto brought down the house with a lively and wide-ranging talk on his various roles as a teacher and student over the last 30 years. In addition to these, there were 30 other lectures and panels including two by curators at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 3 workshops, 7 exhibitions with receptions, 48 professional portfolio reviews and 102 student portfolio critiques. We were also pleased to provide each registrant with a copy of the venerable photography history book An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital by Keith F. Davis, Senior Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. (Summary by Larry Gawel) Conference Chairs: Dana Fritz, Larry Gawel

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