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Murphy opens University Speakers Series

The Spring 2018 University Speakers Series at South Dakota State University opens Jan. 16 when A. James Murphy delivers the fifth-annual Herbert Cheever Jr. Liberal Arts Lecture at 7 p.m. in the University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom.

A. James Murphy, assistant professor
A. James Murphy

Murphy, an assistant professor of religion in the Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religion, is also the recipient of the J.P. Hendrickson Faculty Scholar Award from the College of Arts and Sciences.

His lecture is “Standing, Kneeling, Respecting and Protesting: Liberal Arts Education and Clashes Over National Symbols.”

Vice President Emeritus of Research and Economic Development Kevin Kephart will present Jan. 18. Professor Emeritus of Soil Science Tom E. Schumacher will speak Feb. 1 while Marie-Pierre Caquot Baggett, a professor of French, will deliver the Victor K. Webster Lecture Feb. 22.

Other university speakers include:

  • Kevin Kephart, “Exploring N.E. Hansen and the Era of Economic Botany,” Jan. 18, 6 p.m., South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum;
  • Evgeny Finkel, “Global Mass Violence and Atrocities,” Jan. 25, 7 p.m., University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom;
  • Tom E. Schumacher, “Erosion: Soil and Soul,” Feb. 1, 6 p.m., South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum;
  • Julie Stackhouse, “From Financial Crisis to Recovery—The Important Role of the U.S. Central Bank,” Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center’s Larson Memorial Concert Hall;
  • Marie-Pierre Caquot Baggett, “The Peyrelevade Asylum Seeker Center: Migration, Connections and Lessons from Rural France,” Feb. 22, 7 p.m., South Dakota Art Museum Auditorium;
  • Michael F. Goodchild, Holtry Distinguished Lecture, “Space and Place,” April 5, 6 p.m., McCrory Gardens and Education Visitor Center;
  • Jill Bormann, “A Mind, Boy, Spiritual Stress-Buster: Would YOU like one?” April 5, 7 p.m., University Student Union’s Volstorff Ballroom;
  • Josie Ahlquist, “Digital Leadership for College Students,” April 10, 11 a.m., University Student Union’s Hobo Day Gallery/Campanile Room;
  • James Tour, “Nanotechnology and Jesus Christ: Design & the Origin of Life,” April 10, 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center;
  • Menachem Miodovnik, “Maternal Mortality—A Global Crisis,” April 16, 5:30 p.m., University Student Union’s Herold Crest Room; and
  • Jennifer Sherman, “Trouble in Paradise: Change, Survival and Dignity in the Amenity-Rich Rural West,” April 18, University Student Union’s Hobo Day Gallery/Campanile Room.

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