IdeaFest GenericApril 5-6, 2017

IdeaFest is an annual event celebrating student research, creative scholarship and academic engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines present their work in oral and poster presentations, live performances, readings, exhibits and displays. Not only does it offer students a unique opportunity to present their work, it's a way for the surrounding community to see how research and other academic activities enhance the education of students. As a highlight of the event, nationally recognized keynote speakers are invited to present their involvement in similar endeavors.

Additional information about IdeaFest is available by contacting or by contacting the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at 605-677-6338.


  • Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
  • Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs
  • Center for Academic and Global Engagement
  • USD Graduate School
  • Various campus partners

 2017 Keynote Speaker Jorge Huerta

Jorge Huerta

Prof. Huerta is Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Theatre, Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, where he began his academic career in 1975. Huerta is a leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and US Latina/o Theatre as well as a professional director. He has published a number of articles, book and performance reviews, edited three anthologies of plays and written the landmark books: Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms (Bilingual Press, 1982) and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth (Cambridge 2000).  Huerta has also directed in theatres across the country, including the San Diego Repertory Theatre, Seattle’s' Group Theatre, Washington D.C.’s Gala Hispanic Theatre, La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque and New York's Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. Huerta has lectured and conducted workshops in Chicana/o theatre throughout the United States, Latin America and Western Europe. In 1993 Prof. Huerta became the first Chicano in the University of California system to be awarded an endowed chair in recognition of his international stature. In 1994 Huerta was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre. Huerta served as the first Associate Chancellor/Chief Diversity Officer at UCSD from 2005 to 2008. In 2007 Huerta was honored by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education for Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theater. In 2008 he was recognized as the Distinguished Scholar by the American Society for Theatre Research and in 2009 he was honored by the California State Assembly for Outstanding Achievement in Theatre Arts.

Brennan Jordan 

Brennan JordanProfessor Jordan has been an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of South Dakota since 2006.  The focus of his research is the relationship between volcanoes and plate tectonics. Professor Jordan has conducted geologic research in Iceland, Mongolia, Oregon and South Dakota. He has led four expeditions of undergraduate research to Iceland between 2003 and 2011 with support from the Keck Geology Consortium. In 2012 he initiated the Iceland Volcanology Field Camp, an annual summer course he now directs, offered by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for students from universities across the country. Professor Jordan had a leadership role in the inception of the sustainability program at USD, and teaches courses that contribute to the program, including earth and water resources, and introduction to GIS. He is an Associate Director of the NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium and chairs the South Dakota NASA EPSCoR Steering Committee. Professor Jordan chaired the IdeaFest Organizing Committee for the 2009-2011 events.