Nacogdoches, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University will host a conference on the War of 1812 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Wyatt Room of Ralph W. Steen Library.

The conference marks the 200th anniversary of the 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire. Session topics are transnational perspectives, military conflicts, participants, causes, and the politics and aftermath of the war.

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, the Department of History, the East Texas Historical Association and Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. Planning for the conference has been managed entirely by SFA students enrolled in History 210, The Craft of History, which teaches students skills necessary to become historians.

Lunch will be served in President's Suite B of the Baker Pattillo Student Center with Dr. Gene Allen Smith, professor of history at Texas Christian University, providing the keynote address titled "The Causes of the War of 1812." Other discussion topics planned for the conference include the Indian Removal Act of 1830; the Battle of New Orleans; women and the War of 1812; the life of a British soldier; and naval influence during the conflict.

The conference is free and open to the public. For more information about the War of 1812 conference, call Dr. Dana Cooper at (936) 468-2224 or visit