SLU 200: Conference Celebrates St. Louis's Multicultural History
In honor of Saint Louis University’s bicentennial, the Center for Intercultural Studies will host the “Intercultural Origins of St. Louis and the Trans-Mississippi West, 1800-1840” conference from Thursday, March 22, through Friday, March 23, in the Pere Marquette Gallery, DuBourg Hall.
The teeming city of St. Louis in the early nineteenth century was a focal point of many forces that shaped American history: flourishing trade among several regions, the opening of the West, and a fast growing, mobile population. At these crossroads of European colonizing empires and Indian homelands, highly diverse peoples – Americans, Indians, Canadians, Creole French, Mexicans, Africans, Irish and Germans – interacted with one another and underwent profound changes in the process. The conference will explore these themes, with a special emphasis on intercultural relations.