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USD Alumna Delivers Lecture on Expression and Identity

Photo of Cecily Engelhart. USD alumna Cecily Engelhart will deliver a lecture on expression and identity in Old Main’s Farber Hall.

VERMILLION, SD – University of South Dakota alumna Cecily Engelhart will deliver a lecture on expression and identity in Old Main’s Farber Hall March 28 at 7 p.m.

Engelhart, who is Ihanktonwan/Oglala, earned a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies from USD in 2011. She also holds a postgraduate diploma from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and a master’s degree in social documentation from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

She is currently the communications director of the Native arts nonprofit organization, First Peoples Fund, in Rapid City, South Dakota. Her lecture will discuss indigenous representation in the media, art in indigenous communities, expression and identity and navigating higher education and careers.

There will be a meet and greet after the event at 5:30 p.m. with the Indigenous Scholars Oyate and students from SDSU. The event is sponsored by USD's Native Student Services.


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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