The 52nd annual Dakota Conference was set to commemorate the centennial of the start of the 1920s, drawing connections between that decade and the one starting in 2020. But due to concerns related to the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the event was canceled. Though we weren't able to gather for debate and discussion this year, the program that was planned is available for review.
Although beginning with an economic downturn, the Twenties ushered in a period of technological innovation (autos, electric lights, cinema, phonographs, telephones), Women's Suffrage, popularization of sports, Prohibition, political corruption, social scandal, organized crime, nativism, reemergence of the KKK, urban/rural divide, science vs. fundamentalism, exploitation of the West by mining companies, and stock market highs and lows—ending in the Crash of 1929, followed by the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.
The 2020s are shaping up to be a time of tweets, cyber-warfare, artificial intelligence, gun terrorism, middle-class financial squeeze, lawlessness, incivility, racism, pollution—and hope?
Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, 2020 (Canceled)