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Author to deliver lecture on South Dakota Hutterite culture

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Author Joanita Kant, M.S., will present “Hutterite Communities of South Dakota” at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Room 111 in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine & Science Building at the University of South Dakota. Sponsored by the USD School of Health Sciences’ Cultural Competency Committee, the event is free and open to the public.

Based on her contacts and friendships with Hutterites since 1976 in eastern South Dakota, Kant’s topics will range from colony clothing patterns and children rearing practices to food customs and history.

“Kant will present some good information for those of us who know very little about this vibrant and fascinating culture—which is essentially right in our back yard,” said Debralee Nelson, R.D.H., M.A., professor of dental hygiene at USD and chair of the School of Health Sciences’ Cultural Competency Committee.

Kant, who has published extensively on Hutterite culture, first worked with Sunset Colony near Britton, S.D. during the production of “The Hutterite Community Cookbook,” published by Good Books in 1990. In 2004, she conducted research at more than 40 colonies in South Dakota, which resulted in “Hutterites of South Dakota: The Schmiedeleut.”

An honors graduate of the University of South Dakota, Kant earned a Master of Science degree in geography from South Dakota State University in 2008. She currently resides in Brookings where she is a full-time graduate student and research assistant at South Dakota State University, studying for a Ph. D. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in plant science.

Funding for this program was made possible by the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News