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USD Political Science League Farber Lecture features Dr. Mark Fisher

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Political Science League at the University of South Dakota and the W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership will host an address from Dr. Mark Fisher, M.D., entitled, “Emotion & Politics,” at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7 at Farber Hall in Old Main. The lecture, free and open to the public, is part of the Farber Forum Lecture Series.

Fisher, a professor of neurology, anatomy and neurobiology, political science, and pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of California, Irvine, received his M.A. from USD in 1972. At UCI, he served as chair of the department of neurology from 1998 to 2006, established the UCI Stroke Center and led the UCI Department of Neurology into the top 10 for NIH research funding for neurology departments nationwide. For 18 years (1980-98), he was a faculty member in the University of Southern California Department of Neurology where he established one of the first stroke programs on the West Coast. To date, his stroke research has received more than 25 years of funding from NIH, and he has been cited for more than a decade by Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors. From 2007-2009, Fisher was the recipient of the Orange County Medical Association’s Physician of Excellence Award.

Named for William O. “Doc” Farber (1910-2007), who led a distinguished career in political science at USD for more than three decades, the Farber Forum 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 Farber Forum 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