Everett C. Albers Institute and Festival

The Albers Institute at DSU consists of an interdisciplinary group of scholars, teachers, and devotees of the humanities at Dickinson State University. Administered through the Department of Language and Literature, the Albers Institute sponsors an annual humanities festival in the spring semester.

The namesake of the Albers Institute and Humanities Festival is Everett C. Albers. Born in the heart of North Dakota in Oliver County, Albers was a graduate of DSU in 1966 and a humanities professor at DSU from 1969-73. The author of many books and publications about North Dakota, Albers also created the contemporary humanities tent Chautauqua movement and founded the Great Plains Chautauqua Society. Albers was a pioneer in arranging dialogs between academic humanities scholars and the general public and was deeply committed to the idea that the humanities belong to all the people of North Dakota and the nation.

Following Alber’s death, Lillian Crook, then director of DSU’s Stoxen Library Services and Clay Jenkinson, DSU’s Humanities Scholar in Residence, established the Institute and Festival dedicated to the memory and professional values of Albers. DSU has since hosted a festival of humanities to honor his commitment to the humanities, exploring contemporary and enduring topics in the humanities through events such as lectures, films, panel discussions, exhibits, and other presentations.

For further information about the Albers Institute and Humanities Festival, you may browse through the programs from recent years, archived below, or you may contact Dr. Holly McBee, associate professor of English.

Albers Festival 2019

Past Events

Albers Festival 2017

Albers Festival 2015

Heart River Writers' Circle

Heart Rivers Writers' Circle (Circle) brings to the West River area significant, contemporary writers whose work interests a range of readers on the northern plains. Each writer gives a public reading and meets with students and community members to discuss issues germane to writing. By coordinating such visits, as well as by hosting literary events and discussions, the Circle serves as a resource for those interested in writing as vocation or avocation. The Circle, which supports all community literary activities, is sponsored by Dickinson State University’s Department of Language and Literature, DSU’s Stoxen Library, and the Dickinson Area Public Library.

Past Events

Heather Slomski - April 18, 2016

Fracture Tour - March 8, 2016

Rodney Nelson - February 11, 2016

Language and Literature Conference

The Language and Literature Conference is a program requirement and capstone experience for students earning BA and BS degrees in English, English Education, and Writing. It is also a course requirement for completing ENGL 480 Senior Project and the final means by which students demonstrate they have successfully fulfilled institutional, program and course outcomes. To prepare for the Language and Literature Conference, students work on their projects under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Friends, family members and other visitors are invited to attend the public presentation of that work.

Past Events

2014 Brochure

2014 Poster

Women’s Voices

In 1975, the United Nations recognized March 8, as International Women’s Day to encourage awareness of women’s contributions to issues of human rights, liberty, and security. Since 1987, the United States has dedicated the entire month of March to the recognition of women’s contributions to society, culture, and history.

In keeping with both United Nations and United States Presidential proclamations, Dickinson State University created “Women’s Voices”—a series of themed public presentations. Since 2003, Women’s Voices has highlighted the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Every March, speakers from Dickinson and the region give presentations and meet with community members to recognize the strength and influence of women in various facets.

2018 Poster

Past Events

2017 Poster