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NMU’s Sonderegger Symposium November 5, 2020

NMU’s Sonderegger Symposium November 5, 2020

Northern Michigan University’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and Center for Upper Peninsula Studies will present the 2020 Sonderegger Symposium Friday, Nov. 6. The event will be entirely virtual and will feature 18 sessions and 35 presenters.

The theme of this year’s event focuses on “Insider/Outsider” issues in the Upper Peninsula region. Topics span art, decolonization, religion, architecture, television, LGBTQ+ rights, invasive species, labor struggles, football and social justice. There will be two virtual breakout rooms with sessions from 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

This year’s keynote address will be delivered by Michigan Rep. Darrin Camilleri, who represents the 23rd District. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

Below is a schedule of the event:

Welcome and Introductory Remarks, 8:15 a.m., Room One

Two Sides of Faith, 8:30 a.m., Room One

Insider/Outsider Art, 8:30 a.m., Room Two

What is a Yooper?, 9:30 a.m., Room One

Native American School Mascots, 9:30 a.m.., Room Two

U.P. Politics Roundtable, 10:30 a.m., Room One

Being LGTBQ in the U.P., 10:30 a.m., Room Two

Civilian Conservation Corps, 11:30 a.m., Room One

What is Decolonization?, 11:30 a.m., Room Two

Keynote Address with Rep. Darrin Camilleri (D), 12:30 p.m., Room One

Prisoners of War and Conscience, 1:30 p.m., Room One

Television: Bringing the Outside to the U.P., 1:30 p.m., Room Two

Newcomers: Invasive Species, 2:30 p.m., Room One

Agitators and Organizers of Labor, 2:30 p.m., Room Two

Why the U.P. Looks This Way, 3:30 p.m., Room One

Folk Music in the U.P., 3:30 p.m., Room Two

The Boys of Autumn: Football in the Yoop, 4:30 p.m., Room One

Perspectives on Race and Social Activism, past present and beyond, 4:30 p.m., Room Two

For details about the speakers, links to join the virtual event and more information, visit

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