Topics: Speakers, College of Sciences and Humanities

March 29, 2007

Historian Timothy Mahoney will lead off Ball State's 2007 Small Cities Conference April 12-14 with a presentation describing the process of creating a digital small city.

Mahoney will present "Digital History and the Small City: The Plains Gilded Age City Digital Project," which is free and open to the public, at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in Bracken Library, room 225. 

Mahoney, a University of Nebraska history professor and director of the Plains Humanities Center, will discuss how the latest digital technology and the humanities intersect. The session will be moderated by Ball State history professor Bruce Geelhoed.

"The Small City in a Global Context" is the title for the conference, sponsored by the Center for Middletown Studies at Ball State.

The conference features scholars whose work has in some way dealt with the history of small cities in various parts of the world and provides them with an opportunity to compare approaches, methods and sources. The purpose of the conference is to define the history of small cities and secondary urban centers as a distinctive subject of inquiry within the larger field of urban studies. 

Registration is $50 per person for the entire conference or $30 per day with an additional charge of $10 for each of the April 13-14 luncheons. Ball State students, students, faculty and retirees may attend any of the sessions at no charge.

Sessions on April 13-14 will be at the E.B. Ball Center, 400 N. Minnetrista Blvd. A schedule of events may be found at

For more information, contact James Connolly, director of the Center for Middletown Studies, at (765) 285-8037 or