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USD Political Science League Farber Lecture welcomes John Hibbing

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Political Science League at the University of South Dakota welcomes an address from Dr. John Hibbing entitled, “Predisposed: Why Liberals and Conservatives are So Different” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Farber Hall in Old Main. The lecture is part of the W.O. “Doc” Farber Memorial Lecture Series.

Hibbing is currently the Foundation Regents Professor of Political Science and Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. For nearly 20 years, he studied Congress, congressional careers, congressional elections, comparative legislatures, and public opinion toward Congress. Then, about a decade ago, he, John Alford (Rice University) and Kevin Smith (UNL) began investigating the role of biological factors in explaining political variation – an uncommon approach for the discipline of political science at the time. He previously edited the Legislative Studies Quarterly, served as chair of the American Political Science Association’s Legislative Studies Section and co-authored “Congress as Public Enemy” and “Stealth Democracy” (with Elizabeth Theiss-Morse). A NATO Fellow in Science and a Senior Fulbright Fellow, Hibbing was recently elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Named for William O. “Doc” Farber (1910-2007), who led a distinguished career in political science at USD for more than three decades, the W.O. Farber Memorial Lecture Series aims to provide students and the public with insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration issues and international relations.

USD’s Political Science League, a non-partisan student organization, is dedicated to providing opportunities that facilitate political discourse on current local, national, and international issues in order to generate heightened political awareness in the student body and community. More information about the W.O. Farber Memorial Lecture Series and the USD Department of Political Science is available at


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