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USD Professor Emeritus to Present 66th Annual Harrington Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D.—István Gombocz, Ph.D., presents “The German Enlightenment in the International Context” at the 66th annual Harrington Lecture at the University of South Dakota on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. at Farber Hall in Old Main. Gombocz, who retired last year after 29 years at USD, is professor emeritus of German in the Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics.

After earning his bachelor’s degree at the Lorand Eötvös University of Budapest, Hungary, Gombocz completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in Urbana in 1987. He started his tenure track position at USD in 1989 where he taught German at all levels, European literature and Honors seminars.

His research interests focus on 18th-century studies, and Gombocz has published numerous article on German writers and philosophers such as Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Johann Gottfried Herder and Johann Burckhardt Mencke, as well as academic satires of the Enlightenment. He has also edited the collected works of Johann Christoph Gottsched and is currently editing the works of Friedrich Nicolai.

Named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, professor of speech and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970), the lecture is an annual event featuring a distinguished professor with long-standing service to the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year a faculty committee in Arts & Sciences recommends to the dean the name of a faculty member to deliver the Harrington Lecture. The faculty member must be a teacher and scholar, and the lecture must be non-technical, blending insight into liberal education with the faculty member’s work as a scholar. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture.


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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