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USD History Professor Presents Annual Harrington Lecture on Greece

VERMILLION, S.D. — University of South Dakota history professor Clayton Lehmann will present “Imagining Greece” at the 63rd Annual Harrington Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Old Main's Farber Hall.

Lehmann, Ph.D., will address how people perceive Greece, from the poet Homer in ancient history to the media coverage of recent elections. His talk will also compare outsiders’ perspectives of Greece with how Greeks think about themselves.

Since joining USD in 1988, Lehmann has taught classes in Greek and Roman history, Western civilization, archaeology, epigraphy, language and literature. A South Dakota native, Lehmann earned his bachelor’s degree from Augustana College, his master’s degree from the University of Maryland and a doctorate in ancient history from the University of Chicago. While working on his dissertation, he traveled to Greece and developed a life-long love of the country. Lehmann regularly returns to Greece to travel and study, three times as the Gertrude Smith Professor at the American School of Classical Studies to direct an intensive summer study tour of Greece for advanced students and teachers of the classics. He also runs a study-abroad program that takes students from USD and other institutions to Greece, where the group travels to historic and cultural locations on a sailing yacht. Since this program’s inception 2005, 115 students have traveled and studied in various parts of the country with Lehmann and his fellow faculty members. Much of Lehmann’s research focuses on Greek history with his most recent work concerning the Greek historian Thucydides.

Named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, professor of speech and dean of USD's College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970), the lecture is an annual event featuring a distinguished professor with long-standing service to the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year a faculty committee from the department recommends to the dean the name of a faculty member to deliver the Harrington Lecture. The faculty member must be a teacher and scholar, and the lecture must be non-technical, blending insight into liberal education with the faculty member’s work as a scholar. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


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 84 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