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Arts & Sciences Professors Present 'Evening of Ideas'

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Professors in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of South Dakota will present a fast-paced run through the humanities, social sciences and sciences at an “Evening of Ideas” event in Sioux Falls sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a non-profit organization offering learning opportunities to its members and the public.

In the personal, concise format of a TED Talk, the faculty members will give 15-minute presentations on ideas to improve our democracy (College of Arts & Sciences Dean Matt Moen, Ph.D., political science), dark matter in the universe (Tina Keller, Ph.D., physics), the Civil War in the Midwest (Kurt Hackemer, Ph.D., history), the global disappearance of amphibians (Jake Kerby, Ph.D., biology), crime and literature (John Dudley, Ph.D., English), and the impact of social media on society (Teddi Joyce, Ph.D., media & journalism).

The event takes place Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7–9 p.m., in the Avera Lecture Hall at University Center, 4801 N. Career Ave., Sioux Falls. The talk is free and open to members of OLLI as well as the public. Space is limited. Register at


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.


Hanna DeLange
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