USD Rhodes Scholar Stephen Wilson to speak at The U

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at The University of South Dakota, in cooperation with the Political Science League at USD, will host author and attorney Stephen L. Wilson, a 1970 USD Rhodes Scholar, for a 4 p.m. program in Farber Hall on Wednesday, April 14.

Wilson, a native of Hot Springs, S.D., is scheduled to present “The 91st Division Infantryman in World War II’s Italian Campaign” based on his book “Answering the Call: With the 91st Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign During World War II.” A book signing will follow the presentation in Farber Hall.

Presently an attorney with Foley & Mansfield in Minneapolis, Minn., where he represents contractors, owners, sureties and design professionals in construction-related matters, Wilson graduated in 1970 from USD with a B.A. in government. He also received a B.A. in politics and economics from the University of Oxford (1973) and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (1977). Wilson is a member of the Minnesota and Oregon State Bars as well as the District of Columbia Bar. He served in the Army on active duty and the Ready Reserve from 1970-78, when he retired as a captain.

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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 Farber Forums, designed to provide students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration issues and international relations.

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