Hardaway presents paper in Finland

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Hardaway presents paper in Finland

May 24, 2012

Dr. Roger Hardaway, professor of history at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, recently presented a research paper at an academic conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Hardaway’s paper was titled “From Ranch Hands to Rodeo Stars: Cowboys of African Descent in the American West.” Hardaway has been researching black cowboys for several years, and has made other presentations and published scholarly articles on the subject.

The conference Hardaway attended is known as the Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies. It has been held every other year since 1986, and is hosted by the University of Helsinki—Finland’s largest and most notable public university. This year’s theme was “North America as West/the West of North America.”

The conference was May 8-11 and brought together scholars from Canada and the United States, as well as from Finland and other European countries.

“My presentation occurred on May 11,” Hardaway said. “The session in which I participated included a scholar from a Canadian university, as well as one from the University of Helsinki. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to share some of my research with such a diverse audience in an international setting.”

Conference participants also had the opportunity to explore some of the historical sights of Finland’s capital city. They were treated to welcoming receptions by, among others, the Helsinki city government and the Canadian ambassador to Finland.

“Attending the conference was a wonderful scholarly and cultural experience,” Hardaway said. “The Maple Leaf and Eagle was one of the best academic events in which I have ever participated, and I am looking forward to the possibility of attending again in 2014.”