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Civil rights — for women and American Indians as well as African Americans — continue to capture the imagination of historians in the South, more than 100 of whom will be visiting Tennessee Tech University during the 20th Annual Meeting of the Ohio Valley History Conference, set for Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 21-23.

The meeting opens with an address on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education by Civil Rights Commission Chairperson Mary Frances Berry, Segal Professor of American Social History at the University of Pennsylvania. Berry's address begins at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, in Derryberry Auditorium, immediately followed by a session on civil rights and sports history.

There's no charge to attend Berry's address, and everyone is invited.

While the Ohio Valley History Conference is based in the South, hosted annually by three universities in Tennessee and three in Kentucky, presentations aren't limited to topics traditionally associated with the South, says conference coordinator Jeff Roberts, chairperson of TTU’s History Department.

Historians from as far away as New Zealand are gathering on campus to share their research in fields that range from World Wars I and II and the Cold War to science, medicine and politics. The three-day program includes some 80 presentations.

Registration is $45, which includes the conference banquet, two receptions, farewell luncheon and conference materials. There's no charge to sit in on a single session, though. A welcome reception is set for 9-11 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Cookeville. Registration begins at 8 a.m., Friday, Oct. 22, in the OVC Room of TTU's Roaden University Center.

The conference closes with an address by former TTU faculty member Peter Field, now a member of the faculty at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. His presentation is titled "Jefferson and Franklin Explain the War in Iraq (and the Declaration of Independence)" and takes place during the conference's farewell luncheon, 12:30-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23.

For a full schedule of sessions and more registration information, visit or contact Jeff Roberts at 372-3332 or