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Moen to Deliver Lifto Amundson Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. – The Alpha Chapter of South Dakota, Phi Beta Kappa, will host the annual Lifto Amundson Lecture and initiate new members Monday, April 24, at the University of South Dakota.

Matthew C. Moen, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will deliver the 29th annual Lifto Amundson Lecture at 4 p.m. Moen, recently retired from USD, is the President of the Gettysburg Foundation in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Moen will speak on “The Great Task Remaining Before Us," a discourse on liberal education and citizenship. After his lecture, Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will initiate new members to the honor society, followed by a reception.

Moen served as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Lohre Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Political Science at USD from 2002-2017. Previously, he was the professor/chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine and special assistant to the president and University of Maine System Trustee Professor. While at USD, Moen was appointed by Governor Dennis Daugaard to chair the South Dakota Humanities Council. He has also served as President of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, a national arts and sciences dean’s organization, as chair of the Professional Ethics Committee for the American Political Science Association and as President of the New England Political Science Association.

The Gettysburg Foundation’s preservation mission includes the funding and operation of the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center; land, monument and artifact preservation; battlefield rehabilitation; with a major focus on leadership and civic education.

The Lifto Amundson Lecture was established in 1988 by Marjorie Lifto Amundson and her son, Dr. Loren H. Amundson of Sioux Falls. Mrs. Amundson was a member of USD’s Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Loren Amundson (USD School of Medicine, 1954; Distinguished Alumni Award, 2004) was also elected to membership in the chapter. The Lifto Amundson Lectureship has enabled distinguished speakers from the liberal arts disciplines to visit USD each year and share their research and perspectives with the community. For more information about the event, please contact the USD College of Arts and Sciences, 605-677-5221.


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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