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South Dakota author Jody Bottum to present 'An Anxious Age: The Death of Protestant America' at USD

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The W.O. Farber Center for Civic Leadership at the University of South Dakota, the College of Arts & Sciences and the Political Science League, are sponsoring a lecture by best-selling author Joseph (Jody) Bottum at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Farber Hall, which is located inside Old Main.

Bottum’s program, “An Anxious Age: The Death of Protestant America” will explore the author’s sociological study of American religion through his book “An Anxious Age.”  Bottum, who currently resides in Hot Springs, S.D. with his family, is among the nation’s most widely read sportswriters. Additional works by Bottum include scholarly work on metaphysics, political theory and literary criticism. Bottum, who received a Ph.D. in medieval philosophy from Boston College, was born in Vermillion and has been profiled in publications from The New York Times to South Dakota Magazine, and he has appeared on television programs such as “Meet the Press” and “PBS NewsHour.”

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 programs, Farber Forums, designed to students and the public insight into national and state politics, campaigns and elections, public administration and international relations. For more about this and other Farber Center events, please contact or visit the Farber Center on the Web 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