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USD Hosts Humanities Research Forum Nov. 29

PHoto of Rob Turner. Rob Turner's humanities research forum presentation is titled, "Going GaGa for Spanish Theater."

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host a humanities research forum this Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Al Neuharth Media Center. The presentation, featuring assistant professor of Spanish, Rob Turner, is titled, “Going GaGa for Spanish Theater.”

Turner’s talk will discuss the need to be someone else, linking current performance art to similar impulses by the Spanish playwright Tirso de Molina.

“We have always been fascinated by disguise and the chance to be someone else. Current performers such as Lady Gaga thrive on it, but she had her counterparts in Spanish classical theater,” said Turner.

The event will investigate what contemporary performance artists can teach us about early modern Spanish theater and human nature.

Turner’s main teaching interests are Spanish literature and culture and science fiction. He holds a doctorate in Spanish from Vanderbilt University.


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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