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USD to Host 54th Annual Student History Conference February 26

VERMILLION, S.D. – Graduate and undergraduate students from several regional universities and colleges will present papers at the 54th annual Student History Conference Thursday, February 26 at the University of South Dakota. The day-long conference will feature papers by undergraduate and graduate students focusing on local, United States, European and world history.

Professor Emma Scioli of the University of Kansas will deliver this year’s plenary lecture at 12:30 p.m. titled “Barbarian Queen on the Silver Screen: History and Metahistory in Julie Taymor's Titus (1999)."

Sponsored by the USD Department of History and the Zeta Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in history, the conference runs from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Muenster University Center. This event is free and open to the public.


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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