Research ConferenceCultures of Change

March 22-24
University of South Dakota Campus


Conference Schedule

Wednesday, March 22
7 p.m.
Colton Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building
“Recovering Women Composers, a Lecture Recital" with Ioanna Galu, volin and Alessandra Feris, piano
Concert followed by reception
Thursday, March 23
Fruit, pastries and coffee will be available in break room
8 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Muenster University Center (MUC)
Concurrent Panels
9:30-10:45 a.m. Tour of National Music Museum
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
MUC Second Floor
Boots on the Ground in SD Organization Fair
Register your organization for a table. Deadline March 20.
12:30-1:45 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
Plenary: “Trans Advocacy: Bridging Research and Activism to Encourage Social change”
Lunch will be served
2-3:15 p.m. Concurrent Panels
3:30-4 p.m.
Oscar Howe Art Gallery
Coffee and Conversation
4-5 p.m.
Farber Hall, Old Main
Keynote Lecture: Siavash "Vash" Zohoori, “Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence”

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Washington Street Arts Center
202 Washington Street
Awards Reception, Art Show and Poetry Reading
Vans will be available to transport attendees
Dinner on your own
Friday, March 24
Fruit, pastries and coffee will be available in break room
9:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m.
Muenster University Center
Concurrent Panels
10 a.m.-11:15 p.m.
Workshop with Vash Zohoori, “Boys ’n’ Guns: Fostering Compassionate Communities”
12-1:15 p.m.
MUC Ballroom
Keynote Lecture: Ivan Coyote, "Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps"
Lunch will be served
1:30-4:15 p.m. Concurrent Panels
2-3:30 p.m.
Farber Hall, Old Main
Film Screening By Hook or By Crook (2001)

Keynote Speakers

Ivan CoyoteIvan Coyote
"Neither, Nor: How to Circumnavigate the Gender Binary in Seven Thousand Easy Steps"

Ivan Coyote is a writer, storyteller, musician and educator. Coyote is the author of eleven books, and the creator of three albums, four short films and a renowned live performer. Coyote has been the writer in residence at Carleton, Western, the University of Winnipeg and the Vancouver Public Library, and has lectured at universities and colleges across the continent. Coyote's books include Loose End, Boys Like Her, Missed Her, Gender Failure and the soon-to-be-released Tomboy Survival Guide.

Coyote often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Coyote's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

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Sivash ZohooriSiavash "Vash" Zohoori
“Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence”

With the mission to foster compassionate communities, Siavash “Vash” Zohoori is passionate about his work in mental health advocacy and developing a more empathic sense of masculinity. He is the founder of a University of California Student Association mental health campaign titled, #HowAreYou: A Call to Reform Mental Health Services, geared towards bringing more accessibility, diversity and outreach to mental health services in California. He is also a co-founder of Boys ’n’ Guns: Masculinity in a Culture of Violence, a project he started in response to his experience at the Isla Vista tragedy. As part of the project, Vash speaks with fraternity men, high school students and other university students about the lessons he's learned as he’s healed. He is admired for his vulnerability and his open ears.



A block of rooms have been reserved at the Vermillion Holiday Inn Express & Suites under "Cultures of Change."

1200 N. Dakota Street, Vermillion
Cost: $110 / 2-queen beds


Vans will take attendees to the Thursday evening reception at the Washington Street Arts Center and back to campus or the hotel.

Walking to explore downtown Vermillion, a short 10-15 minutes from campus and a 20-25 minutes from the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to the Muenster University Center.

Carpooling or rides from/to Sioux City or Sioux Falls airports, but not Omaha. Email with your arrival and departure dates.

Directions and Parking