Farber Center at USD welcomes writer Anya Kamenetz

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota, in cooperation with students in Global Challenges courses, welcomes writer and educational futurist Anya Kamenetz to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. in Farber Hall, which is located inside Old Main.

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by the Village Voice, Kamenetz is scheduled to present a program about her new book, “DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education.” She will also meet with USD Global Challenges students at 2 p.m. Kamenetz is best known for her book, “Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young,” written when she was just 24. The book garnered national media attention and passionate online debate with its argument that young people are facing unique and unprecedented economic challenges. In her latest book, “DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education,” Kamenetz tells the story of how technology is disrupting one of the most tradition-bound industries in the country and how institutions must evolve to meet the challenges of the next century. A sought-after media expert, Kamenetz currently covers the future of business, including sustainability and social entrepreneurship, as a writer for Fast Company magazine.

Following her address, Kamenetz will sign copies of “DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education” at Farber Hall. A photo of Anya is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Anya_Kamenetz.jpg.

The only leadership program in the state – as well as the oldest and most well-established leadership program in the Midwest – the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership was established by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 1997 as a Center of Excellence. Housed within the Department of Political Science at USD, the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership annually hosts programs, Farber Forums, designed to students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration and international relations.

For more about this and other Farber Center events, please contact farbercenter@usd.edu or visit the Farber Center on the Web at www.usd.edu/farbercenter.