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The Specter of Peace in Histories of Violence

August 14–15, 2015
Tanner Humanities Center, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT



Specter of Peace in the Histories of Violence is a conference that will take place on August 14-15, 2015, at the Tanner Humanities Center on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. This conference will explore the theme of peace as it relates to the negotiation of violence, the legitimation of authority, and the racial and gendered ordering of the early American frontier. Ten scholars from United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom will be presenting their work on topics related to Native American and imperial history, colonization, warfare, and slavery. Dr. Wayne Lee, professor of history and chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense at UNC Chapel Hill, will be the keynote speaker.  

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Keynote Address

Wayne Lee, Dowd Distinguished Term Professor; Chair of the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Micah Alpaugh, University of Central Missouri

Brendan Gillis, McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Mark Meuwese, University of Winnipeg

Geoff Plank, University of East Anglia

David Dye, University of Memphis

Rob Harper, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point

Margot Minardi, Reed College

Dylan Ruediger, Georgia State University

Cristina Soriano, Villanova University


John Smolenski, University of California, Davis 

Michael Goode, Utah Valley University 


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