Bismarck State College

The ’60s: Turmoil and Transformation Symposium
The ’60s: Turmoil and Transformation covered one of the most significant decades in American History, the period between President John F. Kennedy’s assassination (Nov. 22, 1963) and the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975).

View footage from this historical event through our Video On Demand library listed below.

Space Race by Andrew Chaikin
Bob Eubanks & Special Guest Dawn Wells
Chautauquas 1964 – 1975
Origins of the American Indian Movement by Clyde Bellecourt
Vietnam by Dr. Geoffrey Wawro & Gary E. Skogen
The ’60s on the Homefront: Zap, Woodstock, Protest, Vietnam
Growing up in the ’60s by Lawrence Wright
The Beatles by Mark Lewisohn
Summary & Reflections by Mark Lytle
Influence of Television by Mary Ann Watson
Nixon by Rick Perlstein
Interview with Gloria Steinem
Women’s Panel (Dr. Sheryl O’Donnell, Laurel Reuter, Dina Butcher & Dr. Kimberly Crowley)

The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later Symposium
The Kennedy Legacy: 50 Years Later explores the life, career, politics, vision, character and achievements of JFK’s life 50 years after his death.

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Kennedy and North Dakota by Kim Jondahl
Kennedy and the Space Program by Senator Harrison “Jack” Schmitt
The Kennedy Mystique by H.W. Brands
John F. Kennedy’s Last Hundred Days by Thurston Clarke
Robert Kennedy by Thurston Clarke
Dallas, Nov 22, 1963 by Clay Jenkinson and Last Rites & National Mourning by Father Brian Gross
Conspiracy Theories & the JFK Historical Narrative by David S. Lifton
The 9/11 & Warren Commissions: Personal & Historical Observations by Dr. Lorry Fenner
JFK & the Constitutional Aspects of Presidential Succession by Julia Ernst

Conversations at BSC
Join Bismarck State College President Larry Skogen as he opens conversations with humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson. These are conversations they both believe North Dakotans need to have. Their goal is to help people of the state reconnect with key events in their history within a broader social context and to spotlight BSC as an important player in promoting humanities within the community. These programs were funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council.

Conversations at BSC episodes available through Video On Demand:

“Kill the Indian, Save the Man” – Education & the Assimilation of Native Americans
The Quincentennial of The Protestant Reformation: A Reevaluation
Genesis from the Moon: Spiritual Journeys in the American Space Program
“I Will Fight No More Forever” – Chief Joseph, Native American, Resistance & the End of the Indian Wars
Custer and the Black Hills: The Thieves Trail
The Dust Bowl Years: Including in North Dakota
Buffalo Bill Cody and the Invention of the West
Richard III: Shakespeare, Sir Thomas More and the Guy in the British Parking Lot
The Idea of the National Parks, With a Particular Focus on Theodore Roosevelt
John Wilkes Booth: The Last Journey
World War I (The Great War): A Centennial Introduction)
John Wesley Powell & ND’s 125th Birthday
The Mona Lisa, Da Vinci, and Jackie Kennedy
The Education of Robert Kennedy
Making Documentary Films: The Harold Schafer Story
Great Conversations in History
North Dakota Legislature: An Historical Retrospective
Separation of Church & State: A Conversation with Thomas Jefferson
Charles Dickens and America
JFK: The Man, The Myth & The Assassination
Lewis & Clark: Reassessing the Partnership
International Human Trafficking: An Historical Perspective & Relevancy to the Heartland
Sacred Places on the Great Plains
Changing Interpretations of Western History
Thoreau’s Walden: One Man’s Effort to “live deep and suck out all the marrow of life”
Sitting Bull: The Man, the Myth, the Continuing Controversy
The Ten Greatest Places in North Dakota
Third Largest Nuclear Power: North Dakota & the Cold War
The Little Big Horn Reconsidered: Custer’s Footprint on the Great Plains
John Steinbeck’s America (and North Dakota)
Putting Otto von Back in Bismarck: The Iron Chancellor and the Great Plains
The Death of Meriwether Lewis: Murder or Suicide on the Natchez Trace?
The Day Neil Armstrong Walked on the Moon
Wounded Knee
Abraham Lincoln’s ‘Footprint’ in North Dakota
The Damming of the Missouri River at Garrison
The Poetry of John Donne
Eric Sevareid, William L. Shirer, & the Invention of Broadcast News
An Educational Curriculum for the 21st Century
Sir Richard Francis Burton & the Source of the Nile
Oppenheimer, the Atomic Bomb & the Cold War

Visiting Scientists Series (VSS)
The Visiting Scientists Series (VSS) is a partnership of Bismarck State College, Gateway to Science, Bismarck Public Schools, ND Society of Professional Engineers, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, US Geological Survey, University of Mary and the ND Department of Human Services. It showcases scientists working in a variety of fields, with the intent to encourage students to consider careers in science.

Space Junk: NASA’s Orbital Debris Program with Dr. Jack Bacon

Eric Sevareid Symposium
The ND Humanities Council, the Dakota Institute, and Bismarck State College hosted Not So Wild a Dream: The Legacy of Eric Sevareid, a public humanities symposium that explored the life and legacy of one of the greatest journalists in American history.

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Eric Sevareid Quotes
Eric Sevareid Pictures
Working Vignettes of Documentary Film
The Day Broadcast News was Born Revisited
Reflections on Sevareid’s European Reporting
Clay Jenkinson – Ordeal of William Shirer
Retracing Canoeing with the Cree
Sevareid and Civil Discourse in a Noisy Democracy
Knowing Eric
Eric Sevareid and the Search for an American Identity
An Exploration of Eric Sevareid’s Commentaries on War
Sevareid’s Washington Legacy: Enduring, or Obscured
World War II on the Air
The Role of the Press in a Democratic Society
Little Folded Paws: Sevareid as Memoirist
A Conversation About Life at CBS with Eric Sevareid
Eric Sevareid and the Golden Age of Correspondence Memoirs
The Philosopher for the Common Citizen
The Legacy of Eric Sevareid

September 11 Ten Years Later: Impact on the Heartland Symposium
Bismarck State College and The Dakota Institute of Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation hosted a two-day symposium that observed and examined the effect of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Heartland of America. More information on the symposium can be found here: September 11 Ten Years Later – Impact on the Heartland.

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September 11 Ten Years Later: Impact on the Heartland Symposium episodes:

“100 Stories: Perspectives from the Heartland”
Keynote Speaker General Charles Wald, USAF, retired
Flight Over Pentagon – Lt. Col. Dean Eckmann, North Dakota Air National Guard
Personal Experiences – Jenette Nelson, Mother of Ann who died in WTC and Marcel Sim, Ground Zero Paramedic
Biggest News Story of My Career – Chuck Roberts, Journalist
The Insularity of the Heartland – Thomas Frank, Author (No audio at approx. 00:31:34 to 00:31:45; 00:31:58 to 00:32:20)
Panel Discussion with Sen. Kent Conrad, Sen. John Hoeven, Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, Former Congressman Earl Pomeroy and Major General David Sprynczynatyk, the Adjutant General of the ND National Guard (on video)
The 9/11 Commission Report – Lorry Fenner, 9/11 Commission Staff Member
The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict Between America and Al-Qaeda – Peter Bergen, Author
Live Reports from 3 Sites & the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony
The U.S. Constitution, The Rule of Law, and the Age of Terrorism – Julia Ernst, J.D., University of North Dakota School of Law
Intelligence and Ethics – Chris Bailey, faculty at National Intelligence University
The Psychological Impact – Gerard Jacobs, Ph.D., faculty at University of South Dakota
America’s Troops’ Morale: Coping with PTSD in Post-9/11 – MSGT Mike Carswell, USAF
The War on Terror – Progress and Pitfalls – Geoffrey Wawro, Author of Quicksand and faculty at University of North Texas
ND National Guard Transformation: Ten Years Supporting the Global War on Terror – Major General David Sprynczynatyk, Adjutant General of the N.D. National Guard
US-Muslim Relations Abroad and at Home Since 9/11 – Manochehr Dorraj, Ph.D., Professor at Texas Christian University
American Muslim Relations – Martin Loken, Consul General, Canada and Simon Cordery, Ph.D., Monmouth College
Partnering with Communities to Prevent Violent Extremism: North Dakota Perspectives – Tim Purdon, United States Attorney for the State of North Dakota
Homeland Security/TSA – John Hursey, North Dakota Director, TSA
Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

BSC Music Program Concerts
The BSC Music Program allows students to enjoy music and develop their skills by participating in lessons, classes and performing groups. Students may participate in Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Choir, String Ensemble, Piano Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

BSC Music Program Concerts available through Video On Demand:

Jazz Fall Concert
Choir Fall Concert
Wind Ensemble Fall Concert
Patriotic Fall Concert
Wind Ensemble Fall Concert
Jazz Spring Concert
Concert Choir Spring Concert
Wind Ensemble Spring Concert
Holiday Concert
Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Wind Ensemble Fall Concert
Holiday Concert
Wind Ensemble Fall Concert
Choir Fall Concert
Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combo Fall Concert
Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert
Wind Ensemble Spring Concert

Other BSC Music Concerts available through Video On Demand:

Patriotic Concert
Patriotic Concert
Concert Choir Fall Concert
Collage Concert
Choral Spring Concert
Collage Concert

Special Programs available through Video on Demand:

Chat with the Guadalcanal Guys
Holocaust Remembrance Day Observance
Where You Live Can Make You Sick: Environmental Influences on Health & Disease by Dr. Loren Wold