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SDSU Public Humanities Initiative

The SDSU PHI is a humanities research unit housed in The School of American and Global Studies at South Dakota State University. The SDSU PHI brings humanity to the university’s tripartite land-grant mission of teaching, research and service, connecting scholars and local communities around projects and topics that reflect our diverse heritage, traditions and histories and are essential to the current conditions of shared civic and cultural life.

The Initiative seeks to:

  • Conduct public humanities research and outreach around critical areas of community interest.
  • Connect the university and local communities in conversations about the value and contributions of humanities studies.
  • Provide multidisciplinary and inclusive public programming that engages local, national and international communities in humanities discussions.
  • Provide undergraduate students with opportunities to apply their humanities training and develop critical workforce skills: adaptability, communication across difference, creativity and the ability to shift cultural perspectives.

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