CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Literature, the Peace Corps, and Public Service

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Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
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Call for papers: Literature, the Peace Corps, and Public Service

This proposed session is for the interdisciplinary conference, “John F.
Kennedy: History, Memory, Legacy” to be held on the University of North
Dakota’s campus September 25-27, 2008.

President John F. Kennedy visited Grand Forks, North Dakota on September
25, 1963. He toured the city, greeted its citizens, and spoke at the
University of North Dakota, talking about issues that are still vital
today. He spoke out for conserving natural resources and protecting the
environment. He argued for economic development and addressed the struggle
between democracy and totalitarianism. He also emphasized the importance
of education and public service. The University granted Kennedy an
honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Tragically, less than two months later, the
35th President of the United States was assassinated in Dallas. To
commemorate the 45th anniversary of that visit, the University of North
Dakota will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference relating to the life
and times of John F. Kennedy from September 25 to 27, 2008, in Grand Forks,
ND. President Kennedy's Special Counsel & Adviser, and Speechwriter,
Theodore Sorenson will be one of the keynote speakers for the conference.

JFK is known for his commitment to public service and for creating the
Peace Corps. This proposed session is meant to investigate the cultural
milieu of John F. Kennedy’s life and presidency. We are especially
interested in papers that investigating the following issues:
• literary and cinematic representations of the Peace Corps
• the psychology of public service and the Peace Corps
• post and neocolonialism and the Peace Corps
• travel writing and the Peace Corps
• tourism and public service
• the politics of the Peace Corps and public service

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words to Rebecca Weaver-Hightower at by April 11, 2008. Proposals should be
submitted by e-mail, with the proposal in the message text (do not send
attachments) and with the proposed session title identified.
Please include the following in your submission:
Short Biography (200-250 words)
Title of Paper
Abstract (200-250 words)

If you are interested in serving as a chair and/or discussant of a panel
session, please contact Professor Kate Scheurer, at For more information regarding “John F.
Kennedy, History, Memory, and Legacy,” please contact Professor Gregory S.
Gordon, Conference Chair, at or visit our
website at:

Note: All participants in the program are required to preregister for the

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