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USD Hosts Writer Mark Charles for Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. – Nationally acclaimed writer and speaker Mark Charles will deliver a lecture in the Muenster University Center Ballroom Monday, Sept. 18.

The lecture, entitled “Deconstructing the Mythology of American History: the Doctrine of Discovery, Historical Trauma, and Charlottesville,” will begin at 7 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the Native American Studies program, the Department of History and the School of Education.

Charles is the author of the popular blog “Reflections from the Hogan” and serves as the Washington D.C. correspondent and regular columnist for Native News Online. Charles is a founding partner of the national conference for Native students Would Jesus Eat Frybread?, consults with the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and has served as a former pastor of the Christian Indian Center in Denver, Colorado. Charles’ first book, “Truth Be Told,” is due out in 2018.


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
USD News