Velva to be part of Sevareid symposium
Dan Rather and Bob Schieffer will headline the Eric Sevareid Symposium scheduled for Bismarck at the end of September, and the city of Velva also plays a role in the celebration of its native son.
The Dakota Institute and the North Dakota Humanities Council are hosting a national public humanities symposium on North Dakota’s Sevareid on September 30-October 3. The four-day symposium will examine the life and career of a CBS journalist and broadcaster who served as the “conscience of America” between 1963 and 1974, when he provided nightly commentaries on Walter Cronkite’s CBS Evening News.
Part of the symposium is a field trip to Velva, Sevareid’s hometown. There will be a reception at the Velva Public Library, a visit to Eric’s boyhood home, and a meditation on the hill overlooking Velva.
Sevareid was born in Velva, North Dakota, in 1919. He died in Washington, D.C. in 1992.
Bob Schieffer will deliver the keynote address on Thursday, September 30, at Bismarck’s Belle Mehus Auditorium. Schieffer, who hosts CBS’s Face the Nation, knew Sevareid well. Schieffer is regarded as one of the most entertaining and insightful public speakers in national media.