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USD Hosts Annual Research Symposium IdeaFest

Photo of IdeaFest. USD's IdeaFest is April 4-5.

VERMILLION, S.D. –  The University of South Dakota hosts its annual research symposium IdeaFest April 4-5. Students from all disciplines will present academic research and creative scholarship delivered through oral presentations, live performances and displays culminating in two keynote lectures.

The first keynote address will be delivered by Lauren Freese, Ph.D., in the MUC Ballroom from 4-5:30 p.m, April 4. Freese is an assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art at the University of South Dakota. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art history, utilizing food studies to better understand depictions of food and eating in American art. The title of her talk is "Eating, Drinking, and the Construction of Identity: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Artistic Identity in the American Popular Press."

The second keynote address, April 5, will feature Dr. Patricia Nez Henderson in the MUC Ballroom, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Dr. Nez Henderson is a member of the Dine' (Navajo) tribe and serves as the Vice President for the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health, an American Indian nonprofit health organization located in Rapid City, South Dakota. Dr. Nez Henderson is considered one of the leading authorities on tobacco control in American Indian communities. For the past 18 years, she has collaborated with tribal communities to implement comprehensive tobacco control and prevention programs. The title of her keynote address is "Using Cultural Knowledge and Science to Create Smoke-free Policies for Indian Country."

IdeaFest is sponsored by the Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Vice-President for Research & Sponsored Programs, Center for Academic and Global Engagement, USD Graduate School and various other campus partners.


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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