"Home on the Range: Playing on the Plains," a conference intended to study life on the plains, will be held April 7 and 8 in the Memorial Union on the Fort Hays State University campus.
This is the fourth annual conference of its kind. Dr. Ernst Hintz and Mark Schuhl, assistant professors of modern languages, are project directors of the conference with Mary Ann Thompson, Hays Public Library.
This year's conference has secured a $1,700 grant from the Kansas Humanities Council. Grants of this kind usually pay for the speakers, advertising and any mailing produced for the event, said Dr. Ruth Firestone, chair of the Department of Modern Languages.
In order to receive the Kansas Humanities Council grant, Schuhl said, several requirements must be met. The program or conference must deal with Kansas, effect the state in some way, be free and open to the public, and be educational.
"The Kansas Humanities Council has always been very generous with us. We've been very thankful to the support," Schuhl said.
The event is sponsored by FHSU, the Department of Modern Languages, the Kansas Humanities Council, the Kansas Arts Commission and the Hays Public Library.
Speakers include Doug Wilson, Oklahoma Baptist University literature instructor; Philip Thomas, Wichita State University history professor; and David Dary, professor of journalism and director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma.
For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages at (785) 628-4244. Participants must be registered for the event by March 31. There is a charge for meals during the conference.