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47th annual Student History Conference is April 19 at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota will host graduate and undergraduate students from eight regional colleges and universities at the 47th annual Student History Conference at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 19.

Dozens of students will present their papers and Professor David Sheffler of the University of Northern Florida will present the plenary lecture, “Entangled Lives: Heresy, Schism and the Late Medieval Crises,” during the daylong event sponsored by the USD Department of History and the Zeta Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history.

The Student History Conference, which began at USD in 1965, is free and open to the public. The conference is modeled on professional history conferences and features papers to be presented on local, American, European and world history. For more information, please contact or visit


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 78 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News