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New Book Features 20 Harrington Lectures from USD Arts & Sciences Faculty

The Harrington Lectures 1993-2013 book on a table next to a USD College of Arts & Sciences coffee mug. The USD College of Arts & Sciences published "The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993-2013," a book compiling lectures from senior faculty members.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota College of Arts & Sciences has published “The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993–2013,” a book compiling 20 lectures from senior faculty members in the social sciences, humanities, and math and sciences. This book continues the tradition of publishing a bound volume of 20 Harrington Lectures every two decades.

Initially known as the “College Lecture,” the faculty of the College of Arts & Sciences established the annual talk in 1952. In 1967, the title was changed to honor Dean Elbert W. Harrington upon his retirement.

Since its founding, 68 college faculty members have given the Harrington Lecture, each with at least 15 years of service to the university in accordance with the lecture’s charter. Lecturers must also be one whose record as a scholar and teacher is in the best liberal arts tradition and whose achievement warrants recognition by the entire college.

Selected by colleagues, this outstanding teacher and scholar presents a non-technical lecture on some aspect of liberal education and relates this subject matter to the whole concept of the liberal arts.

In “The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993–2013,” readers can find a discussion of symbolism in Roman women’s costumes (Judith Sebesta, 1994), an account of a successful collaboration between archaeologists and Indigenous people (Timothy Heaton, 2009) and an exploration of liberty, equality and justice (Dean Spader, 2003). The 20 lectures encompass decades of teaching and research experience in the various disciplines of the liberal arts and sciences.

“These varied and profound lectures take time to peruse and contemplate,” said Michael Kruger, Ph.D., dean of the college. “The College of Arts & Sciences hopes readers enjoy the writings of some of our best scholars and teachers.”

“The Third Score: Harrington Lectures 1993–2013” is available on Amazon.


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.


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