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USD Hosts Toscano for Keynote Address

Photo of Peterson Toscano. The University of South Dakota will host Peterson Toscano April 17 in Old Main’s Farber Hall at 7 p.m.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota will host Peterson Toscano April 17 in Old Main’s Farber Hall at 7 p.m. for a joint keynote address for the Diversity Symposium and Earth Days celebration sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Department of Sustainability and Environment.

”We are excited to have a joint keynote address this year because it helps to show the intersectionality between social justice and environmental sustainability,” says Meghann Jarchow, chair of sustainability and environment.

Toscano speaks on a range of topics including LGBTQ issues, privilege, religion, and climate change. He has been featured in the New York Times, People Magazine, the Tyra Banks Show, and NPR Morning Edition. Peterson is a regular contributor to Huffington Post and The Porch magazine.

His essay, “Transgender Gender During Passover,” appears in the Lambda Award winning anthology, “Gender Outlaws—The Next Generation.” Peterson is the host of Citizens Climate Radio. His film, “Transfigurations—Transgressing Gender in the Bible,” is currently moving through film festival process in North America, Europe, and Africa. He lives in Central Pennsylvania with his husband, Glen Retief.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on Earth Days, visit Greening Vermillion.


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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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