2018 Scholars

Below are the categories covered by our 2018 Speakers Bureau Scholars. You may click a category to find a speaker and their primary city, scroll through the scholar photos and presentations offered, or browse the alphabetical list of speakers located at the bottom of the page. Contact the scholar directly to discuss availability for your event before filling out a grant application.

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    Dr. Marilyn Carlson Aronson

    29615 469th Ave, Beresford, SD 57004
    mcarlson@iw.net | 605-957-4371
    OB, BC, SB

    Religion and Spirituality in The Northern Plains: A Diversity of Faiths
    Aronson discusses religion and spirituality in the Northern Plains by describing the difference between the terms religion and spirituality and exploring the topic through a quartet of faiths: Native American, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. For each faith, she provides historical context and discusses its current status among followers, particularly in South Dakota. Aronson gives a voice to the wide diversity of faiths present on the plains and answers audience questions.

    An Adventure in Modern-day Israel
    Aronson returned from her second trip to Israel in July 2018. This is a presentation on Israel from a political, religious, and cultural perspective. She took many photos of the various areas and visited all over the country. A Q&A period follows the presentation.

    World War II Comes to South Dakota—Preserving the Story
    This presentation explores the harsh lessons taught by war - the work of the local commanders of the South Dakota National Guard in calling both active and inactive members into active service, the hurried mobilization which affected South Dakota families, farms, schools, universities, towns, and cities dramatically, the involvement of South Dakotans in the all-out war effort, the free courses and special training programs used as incentives for young people to gain civilian skills and help in the all-out war effort, the early work of the Civil Air Patrol and its licensed pilots, the iconic stories of some fearless SD pilots, and stories by South Dakotans who fought in World War II on various battle fronts. The topic also provides a voice for some selected World War II veterans. Q&A period will follow.

    The National Park Service Turns 100: A Woman's Perspective
    Aronson presents the background of the National Park Service which celebrated its 100-year history, last year. The topic highlights and gives the history and description of national parks in ten states that she has personally visited, and provides the varied and professional roles of women in the National Park Service today. Q&A period will follow.

    Cultural Diversity-Teaching in Trondheim, Norway Versus the Great Plains
    This is an oral/visual presentation entitled "Cultural Diversity" which was presented for the Sons of Norway luncheons in Canton, South Dakota and Brookings, South Dakota this year. Photos highlight the beauty of the Norwegian landscape. The presentation focuses on Aronson's experiences and reflections from teaching at Sor Trondelag University in Trondheim, Norway as an exchange professor. She compares her college teaching experiences in the Midwest with her experiences in Norway, particularly in the areas of climate, history, culture, diet, and educational differences. Aronson brings items from Norway, adding interest to the presentation. Q&A period will follow.

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    Annette Atkins
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    Kiera Ball

    Instructor of English, Presentation College
    1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    kiera.ball@presentation.edu | 605-229-8438
    SB, OB, BC

    Finding the Sublime in the Prairie: Pastoral Literature and Midwestern Regionalism in Gilead
    In this adaptation of a conference paper on Marilynne Robinson's Gilead, Ball explores the unique beauty found on the prairie and in small prairie towns. This presentation can also be adapted to a discussion format or expanded beyond this particular novel.

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    Molly Barari

    4349 Red Cliff Ter, Rapid City, SD 57702
    mollybarari@gmail.com | 308-440-0047
    SBOB, BC

    Heirlooms: Creative Life Writing for Adults
    Barari helps adults identify important life memories and record them onto paper through fun hands-on activities. Creative writing has many benefits aside from preserving valuable memories. It helps sharpen the mind and provides a therapeutic outlet for emotions. Please bring writing materials to the workshop.

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    Verna K. Boyd

    25627 484th Ave, Garretson, SD 57030
    vkboyd.1956@gmail.com | 605-594-6731

    Journey into The Past
    Boyd introduces audiences to the American Indian people who made their homes in southeastern South Dakota – Omaha, Ponca, Ioway – and discusses their traditional way of life. Artifacts, sample trade items, replicas of a dog travois, tools and pottery are discussed and exhibited.

    Monarch Butterflies In South Dakota
    They have an amazing life cycle from egg through 5 instars(sizes) of caterpillar to adult butterfly. Learn why their numbers are rapidly declining. Learn why South Dakota native plants are a requirement for their survival. Follow their dramatic generational migration north to South Dakota breeding grounds and then South to their winter ranges.

    Skin, Scales, Jaws and Claws
    The life cycle and habits of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals native to South Dakota are examined. Learn about carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Feathers, pelts, skulls, teeth and claws as well as live animals are discussed and exhibited.


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    Scott Breuninger
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    Roderick Brown

    Museum Manager
    PO Box 1071, Mitchell, SD 57301
    robrown@dwu.edu | 605-996-2122
    SB, DC

    Discovering Dakota: A Look at the People of this Land Through Art & Artifact
    Brown says everyone came from somewhere, and everyone has a story worthy of telling and worthy of hearing. Adaptable to various ages and interest groups, Brown's presentation uses art and artifact to tell the stories of the people of this region.

    Dakota Diaspora: Judaism in South Dakota
    Brown is basing this presentation on work prepared for a museum exhibit running from mid-May through mid-September 2018 at Dakota Discovery Museum. It focuses on the Jewish experience in South Dakota.

    Cultural Change: Beads and Buffalo
    Tribal cultures went through dramatic and traumatic change in the century following the arrival of Lewis & Clark in 1804. Brown focuses on two of the factors that produced cultural change among tribal nations living on the Great Plains at the onset of the 19th century.

    Competition and The Other: Lessons from Language
    As a culture, we look at competition in various ways depending on the context. In sports, we admire the individual or team that can compete and win. In other settings, we are less inclined to view competition as a positive thing. Competition, if properly understood, is a means of producing incredible synergy - if managed and directed appropriately.

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    Phyllis Cole-Dai

    Author, Public Speaker
    712 6th St, Brookings, SD 57006
    phyllis@phylliscoledai.com | 605-592-6293

    The 1862 Dakota Uprising Through Sarah Wakefield's Eyes
    Cole-Dai invites participants to consider the 1862 Dakota Uprising in Minnesota from the perspective of Sarah Wakefield. The wife of a government physician on the Dakota reservation, Wakefield was captured with her two young children, and later was rumored to have loved Caske, her Dakota captor and protector. After the war, a military tribunal sentenced Caske to death, but perhaps owing to
    Sarah's testimony in Caske's defense, President Lincoln issued an order sparing his life. Yet Caske was among the 38 Dakota warriors hanged in Mankato, Minnesota, on December 26, 1862.

    A Look at Homelessness from Street Level
    What does homelessness look and feel like from street level? Hear from someone who chose to go without a home for 47 days and tried to practice compassion while living among the street people of Columbus, Ohio. After this presentation by the co-author of The Emptiness of our Hands, you might look with new eyes at every person you meet.

    What the Heck is Mindfulness Poetry?
    Explore the practice of mindfulness and how poetry can support it with the co-editor of Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems. Learn more at www.poetryofpresencebook.com.

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    Dyanis Conrad-Popova

    Assistant Professor of Curriculum & Instruction, USD
    414 E Clark St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    Dyanis.Popova@usd.edu | 540-597-4758
    SB, DC

    Culturally Responsive Teaching
    Popova shares instructional perspectives and practices that recognize the importance of incorporating
    students' cultural understandings and worldviews. This is applicable to those in both formal and informal educational settings.

    Intercultural Communication
    A discussion forum that identifies and discusses the challenges faced in communities with changing demographics. Provides helpful concepts to improve sociocultural and intercultural communication.

    Racism and Immigration in America
    Looks at both historical and contemporary immigration and its intersection with racism and other -isms. Provides insight into the immigrant experience in America and research-based perspectives on moving toward acceptance and understanding.

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    Marian Cramer

    Director of Little Prairie School Ingalls Homestead
    408 N Calumet Ave #37, De Smet, SD 57231
    mariancramer@yahoo.com | 605-270-4904

    Laura Ingalls Wilder, Family and Friends
    Cramer discusses Laura Ingalls Wilder and her life with family and friends in De Smet.

    Drifting Goose - A Peace-loving Member of the First Nations People
    How in a peaceful way he held the railroads and development away from the Watertown and beyond community for two years.

    Homesteading Dakota Territory
    The interest in free land during the early years of Dakota Territory settlement.

    Knowing Your Family
    A presentation about the importance of knowing your family history and how to write it for your descendants.

    Little Schools on the Prairie
    The history and experiences of one-room school houses on the Dakota prairie.

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    Jace DeCory

    Professor Emeritus
    Black Hills State University
    1750 College Ln #13 Spearfish, SD 57783
    jace.decory@bhsu.edu | 605-722-8648

    Wokicunze – Leadership and the Lakota Decision-Making Process
    DeCory discusses how decisions were traditionally made among the Lakota people – individually, in an extended family (tiospaye) and in the community. How can these methods/mechanisms be used today? What is the quality of our relationships with humankind? Is our decision-making system healthy and productive?




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    Lawrence Diggs

    104 Carlton Ave, PO Box 41, Roslyn, SD 57261
    public@ldiggs.com | 605-486-4536
    SB, OB, BC, DC

    The Weakness of Words and their Impact on Democracy
    Words are the glue of civilization. They help us to create and maintain democracy. Diggs teaches participants how to recognize deficits in listening and critical thinking and how to understand their impact on decision making. He discusses how and why word meanings get lost and explores potential solutions, like having direct conversations with the goal of creating more meaningful discourse on difficult issues.

    Erasing Imaginary Lines
    While we like to think of ourselves as "unique", we are much more alike than we are different. Erasing the imaginary lines that divide us will allow us to harness the full power of a democratic populace by allowing more people to contribute to the improvement of our society. This program explores practical ways we can recognize and remove the imaginary lines that divide us with an emphasis on what we feel rather than what we think.

    The 5th P in Marketing
    This program illustrates how people, the 5th P in marketing, are central to the promotion of our businesses, churches, schools and ourselves. People are, or should be, central to the whole reason for democracy. Understanding what people need and want helps us to create a democratic state equipped to attend to those needs and wants. This program focuses on practical ways to market services, items and ideas, including democracy.

    Lowering Prison Recidivism in South Dakota Prisons
    The large number of people in our prisons represent a loss in human capital, broken families and a large sucking sound on our state budget. Every inmate points to a certain failure of our democratic institutions. Our state government is trying to reduce the numbers of inmates while insuring public safety, but there is much the public could, and should, be doing to help fix this problem. As a chaplain in the state prison system, I speak with inmates about what they can do to be better citizens. This interactive presentation is intended to bring their ideas to you and bring your ideas to them.

    The 3M's
    Democracy is all about "Doing the most good, for the most people, most often". The three M's should be a lens through which most social, political and governmental actions are viewed. They should be a standard by which most of our collective actions are judged. They should be the guiding principles of our personal efforts. This program explains and promotes this concept and shows practical ways to put it into action."



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    Anne Dilenschneider

    Counselor, Educator, Consultant, Writer
    New Idea Counseling
    2500 W 49th St Suite 202,
    Sioux Falls, SD 57105
    dradilenschneider@gmail.com | 605-906-5404
    SB, OB, BC, DC, WSC

    Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum
    From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or alienated reservation agents were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton. They were so badly mistreated that non-Native staff filed reports to the federal government, even though it meant losing their jobs during the Great Depression. By the time the asylum closed, nearly 400 Natives from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there, and 121 Native Americans from 53 tribes are buried in unmarked graves at the site. Dilenschneider and Jerry Fogg speak about this largely unknown aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound.

    The Story of a Pioneer – Anna Howard Shaw and Women's Suffrage
    For decades, Anna Howard Shaw – who headed the National Woman Suffrage Association for 12 years – was missing from the Encyclopedia Britannica. Rev. Dr. Shaw was the first woman pastor ordained in the Methodist Church (1880) and a medical doctor, and an advocate for the League of Nations. She worked with Congress to develop the first immunization program for children in the United States. She was Susan B. Anthony's best friend. Her autobiography, The Story of a Pioneer, tells about growing up in the Michigan wilderness, going to college in the mid-1800s, and leading the effort for women's right to vote.

    Going Out Green: Natural Burial in South Dakota in 2018
    "Green," or natural, burial conserves natural resources and restores and/or preserves wildlife habitat. It is more environmentally sensitive than cremation, and costs significantly less than other burial practices. Currently, there are 41 natural burial grounds in 26 states. In South Dakota, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Sioux Falls is the first cemetery in the upper Midwest to be certified as a Green Burial Council provider. This presentation focuses on the American history and practices of natural burial since the 1700s, as well as suggestions on how to participate in this effort to make burial environmentally sound.

    Developing Teams of Leaders
    Healthy organizations use eight basic leadership competencies. Each of us has only one of these competencies. In a transformational leadership model, each person lives and grows into their own competency in integrity with her/his values. Then it becomes possible to develop teams of people who allow each other to take turns balancing and sharing leadership as needed. During this session, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of transformational leadership. In addition, each participant's leadership competency will be identified, and participants will learn how to use the processes of transformational leadership to promote personal and community integrity in their context.

    Repairing Our Relationships: The Power of Forgiveness
    From the time we are children, we are told to apologize when we hurt someone. However, apologies are not the same as the process of forgiveness. Likewise, our attempts to "forgive and forget" don't restore relationships. There is another path. Those who have suffered trauma, betrayals, and genocide show us that the process of forgiveness is powerful. It allows us to repair and rebuild our families, communities, and countries. It's no wonder Truth & Reconciliation Commissions across the world teach us that forgiveness is essential to restoring relationships. This presentation explores the power of the process of true forgiveness.

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    Pegie Douglas

    Box 925, Hill City, SD 57745
    pegiedouglas@earthlink.net | 919-414-9383

    The Life and Music of Badger Clark
    Badger Clark, South Dakota’s first Poet Laureate, lived in Custer State Park for 30 years. This fast-paced musical program includes a narration of Badger Clark’s life, along with his poetry set to music. Douglas discusses Clark’s life, then sings one of his poems, accompanying herself on guitar.


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    Kristin Echtenkamp

    Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Northern State University Williams Library
    1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    kristin.echtenkamp@northern.edu | 605-626-7774

    Understanding and Sharing Information in the Age of Social Media
    Facts aren't always the basis for public opinion and people are often swayed by appeals to their emotions and diverse personal belief systems. It is important to apply evaluation skills to everyday life to ensure positive and professional interactions. In this session, the speakers will showcase tools
    and strategies to help the audience navigate today's socially and politically charged information climate. Interactive activities will help participants practice these skills to find and interpret quality information.

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    Arley Fadness

    Retired Lutheran Clergy
    442 Gordon St, Custer, SD 57730
    arpamfad@gwtc.net | 605-673-5044

    South Dakota Bombed by Japanese Balloon during World War II
    Fadness describes the little-known bombing of South Dakota by Japanese FUGO balloons with incendiary bombs during World War II. Nine thousand balloons were launched from the Japanese mainland in late 1944 and in 1945. Nine landings have been discovered on South Dakota soil. It
    is speculated that additional dangerous bombs still lurk undetected in remote areas of North America.

    Aeronauts, Balloons and the Stratobowl
    This PowerPoint presentation tells the story of seven significant historic and scientific balloons that flew out of the Stratobowl since 1934. The Stratobowl is a deep natural circular canyon in the Black Hills, eleven miles south of Rapid City, South Dakota. Annual hot air balloons ascend each September to mark the historic launches which were the beginning of space exploration.

    Huron-born World War I Balloon Hero and other Faces and Deeds of Valor
    This slide program and talk portrays the fascinating drama of the Huron, South Dakota born World War I balloon aeronaut, Lieutenant Harlou Paul Neibling. Neibling received the Distinguished Service Cross medal for his valor in France for shooting down a German Fokker D-VII airplane with his Colt .45 pistol - done while parachuting from his attacked and burning observation balloon.

    Doc Sorbel -- Webster's Bandit Buster
    This fascinating PowerPoint talk exposes the ""secret"" the Webster, South Dakota citizen, Doc Sorbel hid all his life. As a young lad, he was responsible for the capture in Madelia, Minnesota of the Younger Brothers of the infamous Jesse James outlaw gang.

    Outlaw Black Bart Unmasked: The Man, The Myth, The Metaphor
    Black Bart was the nemesis of the Wells Fargo Stage Coach Line. He robbed 29 stage coaches. He was one of the most feared outlaws in the Sierras. Was he ever caught? Who was he really?



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    Wayne Fanebust

    705 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
    wfanebust@gmail.com | 605-496-8730

    Chasing Frank and Jesse James
    Fanebust discusses his book about the James brothers. His talk will reveal their improbable and amazing escape through southwestern Minnesota, Dakota Territory and Iowa, following the botched bank robbery at Northfield, Minn. Special emphasis will be given to the mythical story about the jump across Devil's Gulch near Garretson.

    Outlaw Dakota
    My lecture on this book will reveal the criminal justice system in Dakota Territory as seen through the life and lens of Peter C. Shannon, Chief Justice on the Dakota Territory Supreme Court from 1873 to 1882. Shannon presided over many noteworthy trials, some that received national attention, including the trial of Jack McCall for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood in 1876 and the trial of Peter P. Wintermute, a wealthy Yankton banker, for the murder of Edwin S. McCook the secretary of Dakota Territory and a Civil War hero.

    Senator R. F. Pettigrew
    A book talk based on my comprehensive biography of Senator Pettigrew, who along with G. C. Moody, was chosen as one of the first Senators when South Dakota was admitted into the Union in 1889. Pettigrew was a frontiersman, a Sioux Falls businessman and booster, member of the Dakota Territory legislature, and the delegate to congress from Dakota before becoming a U. S. Senator. He acquired a reputation as a controversial, but influential figure due to his radical stance on the free-silver issue of 1896, and later when he opposed the imperialist movement. In 1896, he bolted the Republican Party in favor of Populism. He served two terms in the Senate.

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    Jerry Fogg

    Cultural Historian & Artist
    1405 E Walnut St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    jerryfogg@sio.midco.net | 605-254-8189

    Native Soul: Every Picture Tells a Story
    Jerry Fogg invites all South Dakotans into their shared history. He brings the stories of the past into the present through his art, connecting his own feelings and those of his audiences to help them imagine a preferred future together. Using a mixed media approach including historical pieces,
    Native American crafts, traditional art techniques, and humor, he asks: Who are we? Where do we come from? And where are we going?

    Healing Our Shared Past, Present, and Future: The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum
    (Note: This presentation is best as a combined presentation with fellow humanities scholar Anne Dilenschneider)
    From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools, or who alienated reservation agents, were sent to the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, SD. By the time it closed nearly 400 Native inmates from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there in circumstances described by federal investigators as "like a leper colony" and "inhumane." Currently, 127 Native Americans from 53 tribes remain buried in unmarked graves at the site. As Keepers of the Canton Native Asylum Story, Jerry and Anne speak about this aspect of our shared past so we may begin to heal this wound in our own time.

    Let's Communicate: How Art is Generated out of Legends, Lore, Culture and Historical Events
    In every piece of Jerry Fogg's work "there is more in the picture than just the story." In this presentation, Fogg shares the process he goes through to engage the viewer in the past, present, and future. He makes informed choices about how to incorporate actual items (documents, furs, coins, certificates, etc.) as well as symbols of Native and non-Native cultures. Once, he had a snakeskin for 20 years before it was needed. Another piece has been germinating for 7 years, but Fogg knows it is not time for it to be completed.


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    Wayne Gilbert

    832 Fairview Dr, Belle Fourche, SD 57717
    gilbert@rushmore.com | 605-641-5642

    Crow Dog
    Gilbert examines the legal and social history of the prosecution of Lower Brule Elder Crow Dog for the death of Spotted Tail. Gilbert discusses Crow Dog's incarceration in Deadwood for over two years, during which time he became a part of the fabric of Deadwood society, and his life after the
    legal battle was over, including his actions in the days leading up to the Wounded Knee massacre.

    Water Wars in Butte County During the "Dirty Thirties"
    In May of 1934 a dispute arose over the rights to what little water there was in Butte County. Several men dragged another man behind a horse during the dispute. They were tried and convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, and their convictions were affirmed by the South Dakota Supreme Court. This presentation is based on the trial records, as well as published accounts of the incident.

    Vigilante Justice in the Black Hills 1875-1900
    This is an account of the lynchings which occurred in the Black Hills, including biographical information as to the probable perpetrators and their victims.

    Incident at Lightning Creek
    In 1904 a band of Lakota had a gunfight with a Wyoming sheriff's posse in northeastern Wyoming in a dispute over hunting rights and alleged poaching. Several deaths occurred, and a Congressional investigation was ordered. This presentation gives an account of the gunfight, and biographical information as to the principals involved.

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    Joyzelle Godfrey

    Independent Scholar
    2811 Tierra Dr Apt 107, Lincoln, NE 68516
    joyzellegodfrey@gmail.com | 402-613-1200

    Storytelling of the Dakota
    Godfrey tells the story of the first twins who get lost and get help from Iyan and Tate to get back to their camp and family. In his sorrow over not being able to help children in the
    future, Iyan, who is Rock, cries and sheds tears of pebbles. Tate calms Iyan's grief by showing him how they can leave something behind, the tears, to help children in the future.

    Meriwether Lewis and the Sioux at Bad River
    The descendants of this encounter live mainly n the Lower Brule Reservation, but are scattered about. Godfrey presents a comparison/combining of the Lewis Journal information which includes a marriage description, and the Deloria information on the historical culture of the Sioux.

    Speaking of Ella Deloria
    This presentation is about the life of Ella growing up on the Standing Rock Reservation as a Yankton Sioux. Her father was one of the first Episcopalian ministers to be ordained, and her mother was a member of the San Arc Band, the Keepers of the Pipe which had a great impact on Ella's future as a scholar and ethnographer.

    Sitting Bull Family Story
    This story covers the time of pre-white contact and culminates in the incident at Wounded Knee. The content is told through the eyes of Sitting Bull's daughter as she interacts with her children - as tots living in the Tribal Circle; young teens who must decide to go with their parents to Canada or stay behind with other relatives; during their life in Canada and experience with the Canadian Mounties; their eventual return to America to face the imprisonment of Sitting Bull; and the final flight with their grandfather's Big Foot band, to what they thought would be safety on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

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    Nels Granholm

    Professor Emeritus
    216 Sundance Pass, Brookings, SD 57006
    nels.granholm@sdstate.edu | 605-692-6416

    How Native American Philosophies Can Enable us to Protect Our World
    Invariably, Native American authors elaborate fundamental principles on how to live honorable lives of reciprocity with one another and the natural world. Granholm will examine aboriginal themes discussed by Robin Wall Kimmerer in Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Knowledge, and The Teachings of the Plants.

    21st Century Global Imperatives: Why Should We Know About (And Do Something About) Global Warming, Global Resource Depletion, Food Security, and Global Poverty?
    Our 21st century world is extremely fragile. What does Aldo Leopold have to offer in the way of ecological clarity? Granholm shares on 20th century Aldo Leopold, considered by many to be the father of wildlife ecology and the United States' wilderness system, who portrayed the natural world in ways that were simple, poetic, lyrical, astonishingly pure, lovely; and without us even knowing it, were embedded in sound ecological principles learned painlessly. Leopold was hell-bent to grow as many trees, clear-cut as many forests, and make as much money as humanly possible. Then, one day, he experienced a glorious ecological epiphany: we (all life) are part of the same fabric, we are essentially all one being.     



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    Gypsy Cowbelle, Miss "V"

    Performing Artist, Cowbilly Productions
    PO Box 809, Thermopolis, WY 82443
    gypsycowbelle@gmail.com | 307-231-9252
    SB, SB*

    The Modern-Day Homesteader
    Presented either as a theme concert or as a showing of the artist's documentary by the same name, the song and story version explores elements of Western pioneer life, while the
    documentary incorporates slides, music, and narrative to depict a one homestead ranch. The performances of Miss "V" are followed by engaging discussion.

    Chautauqua Performance: Dawn in the Night
    Miss "V" presents a unique and compelling portrayal of Amelia Earhart, America's beloved aviatrix of the 1920s and '30s. The stage is set when "Amelia" stops by as part of a trip she made to Wyoming in 1934. The body of the performance, though not impromptu per se, appears as such while Amelia answers questions posed by plants in the audience. Following this overview of her life thus far, "Amelia" then answers unscripted questions relevant to this date. Additional questions and post-script follow when Miss "V" appears for the final segment of the performance which covers the last three years of Amelia's life.

    Homespun Instruments
    This program is an interactive workshop which stimulates music making, creative expression and positive group dynamics using a wide array of simple and homemade instruments. A brief overview of historic origins and construction of the instruments sets the stage, after which participants "join the band", as Miss "V" leads traditional folk, cowboy and classic country tunes. Though designed for younger participants, the workshop is popular among all ages and has been well-received at numerous community events, living history demonstrations and folk festivals.

    Trails West
    This presentation celebrates the era following the Civil War, one of the most colorful chapters in American history. Many of the events which spurred and define the exploration of and immigration to the Western territories come to life through story and song in this educational and entertaining theme concert. From the Oregon Trail to the Chisolm Trail, from the Gold Rush to the Land Rush and from the Pony Express to the Union Pacific, the presentation is sure to unveil hidden chapters of history as well as evoke new insight into traditional tales.

    Mare's Tales
    Miss "V" does a theme concert depicting some of America's leading ladies. Whether she is a mail-order bride, maritime legend, martyr or maverick, the heroines of these tales will not be forgotten! Though "Mare's Tales'" was originally scripted to celebrate Women's History Month in March, it has been popular among audiences any time of the year. Original and classic songs on the guitar and banjo add personal affect to both legendary and obscure ladies who have made their mark on American history over the past two centuries.


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    Dr. Patrick Hicks

    Writer-in Residence; Associate Professor of English
    Augustana College
    2001 S Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197
    patrick.hicks@augie.edu | 605-274-5434

    Auschwitz, the Holocaust, and Memory: Doing Research & Writing about a Nazi Concentration Camp
    Hicks will discuss his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which is based upon Auschwitz and the other Operation Reinhard camps. Hicks will read passages from his novel, show photos of the camps, and talk about visiting Auschwitz.

    Writing Fiction, Writing Poetry
    Acclaimed author and poet, Patrick Hicks, conducts a workshop to help participants understand the writing life, hone their own craft, and learn more about how the power of words can shape our daily lives.

    V-2 and Saturn V
    What are the intersections between the Holocaust and landing on the moon? What role did Nazi science have upon the Space Race? In this lecture and Q+A, Patrick Hicks discusses how a little-known concentration camp directly affected America's space program. He discusses the research he conducted for his forthcoming novel and offers a reading.

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    Yvonne Hollenbeck

    Cowgirl Poet, Quilter
    30549 291st St, Clearfield, SD 57580
    geetwo@gwtc.net | 605-557-3559

    Patchwork of the Prairie
    Hollenbeck shows approximately 40 quilts made on prairies of South Dakota and Nebraska by five generations of her family, accompanied by a slide show of photos of the makers, their homes (some sod), and their communities, as well as stories about their lives.

    Cowboy Poetry
    Hollenbeck offers cowboy poetry "from a ranch wife's point of view".

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    Paul Horsted

    24905 Mica Ridge Rd, Custer, SD 57730
    paul@paulhorsted.com | 605-673-3685

    The Black Hills Yesterday & Today
    From the 1874 Black Hills "Custer" Expedition through the gold rush to the early days of tourism, Paul Horsted presents rare historic photographs carefully matched with modern views from the same locations. The resulting "then and now" images are not only fascinating to see, but also reveal insights into the history, development, and ecology of the Black Hills region.



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    Karla Hunter

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies,
    SDSU, Box 2218,
    Pugsley 115F, Brookings, SD 57007
    Karla.Hunter@sdstate.edu | 605-212-0894
    SB, DC

    Building Effective Teams
    This interactive workshop brings together research, discussion, and activities to help work teams harness the strengths and mitigate the weaknesses of diverse work styles to achieve a task/relationship balance. It's especially suited to adult learners such as members of civic organizations or college students.

    Disagreeing Without Being Disagreeable: Rebuilding Political Civility
    This interactive workshop/discussion explores the fine line between political diversity and political divisiveness in the United States, the positive and negative uses of political humor, and solutions to the current climate of political malaise. The program is especially suited to adult learners such as civic organizations or college students.

    Enhancing Your Voice and Empowerment Through Communicative IQ
    This workshop empowers interpersonal, professional and civic "voices" by helping participants build their communication competence and overcome barriers to positive communication outcomes. These barriers can include impostor syndrome, fear of public speaking, listening obstacles, and grouphate (anxiety associated with working in groups). Evidence-based tools offered include skills training, personal communication inventories, myth-busting, and desensitization to fearful situations. This program is well-suited for the high school, or college/adult learner.


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    Adrienne Brant James
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    Joyce Jefferson

    Joyce Jefferson Creates Stories in Song
    PO Box 5007, Rapid City, SD 57709
    8joyce30@hills.net | 605-393-2680

    Phenomenal Woman and Other S/Heroes
    Jefferson presents carefully researched African American history and culture through poetry, song, and narration, conveying a timeless and universal message.

    Dakota Daughters
    Lakota. Euro-American. African American. Women from these cultures weave a perceived history of Wounded Knee (Former Three Voices). This historical interpretation of the events culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890 has been researched and historically reenacted to display the possible thoughts and feelings of women during that time.

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    Barbara Johnson

    Retired Professor of English
    511 South Arch St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    prairielitdocbj@aol.com | 605-229-5988
    SB, OB, BC, DC, WSC

    Lights of the Prairie: South Dakota Stained Glass
    Stained glass is an important part of our South Dakota landscape. This PowerPoint presentation covers significant examples of stained glass in all parts of the state.


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    Ruth Page Jones
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    Bruce Junek and Tass Thacker

    Owner, Images of the World
    612 Saint James St, Rapid City, SD 57701
    iow@hills.net | 605-348-3432

    Images of the World
    Junek and Thacker feature seven programs on different countries, incorporating social studies, art history, natural history, religion, science, and geography. The programs promote cultural and ethnic understanding and respect, global awareness, environmental education and stewardship, intellectual and artistic curiosity, healthy lifestyle choices, goal-setting and the value of pursuing dreams, and personal growth through facing hardships and challenging one's own inner strengths, fears, and passions.

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    Richard Kaan

    PO Box 222, Hot Springs, SD 57747
    rckaan@gmail.com | 605-440-1007

    Black Hills Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Routes
    Kaan examines the political, cultural, and economic issues affecting the stagecoach and freight wagon routes into the Black Hills from Cheyenne, Wyo., and Sydney, Neb., using timelines, maps, original photos and satellite imagery.

    Cattle Trails
    A discussion of the political environment, economic impacts and issues of the American westward expansion that affected the movement of millions of cattle from Texas to Eastern markets and Northern prairies. The major component of the presentation outlines the many stages of special skills required of the vaqueros and cowboys during the gathering, taming and herding of these wild Texas longhorn cattle.

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    Dr. Billie Kingfisher, Jr.
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    Allen & Jill Kirkham
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    Jeanie Kirkpatrick
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    Lynn Klundt

    Reference and Instruction Librarian
    Northern State UniversityWilliams Library
    1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    lynn.klundt@northern.edu | 605-626-7773

    Understanding and Sharing Information in the Age of Social Media
    Facts aren't always the basis for public opinion and people are often swayed by appeals to their emotions and diverse personal belief systems; therefore, evaluation skills are necessary to ensure positive and professional interactions. This session emphasizes tools and strategies to help the audience navigate today's socially and politically charged information climate. Interactive activities will help participants practice these skills to find and interpret quality information.

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    MaryJo Benton Lee

    Adjunct Assistant Professor
    Sociology and Rural Studies, SDSU
    1124 Fourth St, Brookings, SD 57006
    mjblee@mchsi.com | 605-692-8252

    Amidst Bombings & Blockades: 4 Community Studies in Yunnan Province That Shaped Worldviews of China
    Lee examines four community studies completed in China’s Yunnan Province during the 1930s and 1940s, at the height of the Sino-Japanese War. The scholars who conducted these studies were largely unknown to each other, but strongly influenced by social anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski.
    Forced into one small corner of China not occupied by the Japanese and working under the most challenging conditions, they produced studies that shaped outsiders’ perspectives for decades and are still regarded as exemplars by sociologists and anthropologists worldwide.

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    Coleen Liebsch

    CEO Books for Kids Program
    209 Main Ave PO Box 206, Hayti, SD 57241
    Books4Kids@PublishPS.com | 605-783-7715

    A Fairy Different Life: A Presentation with Discussion
    Liebsch begins this session by reading her book in verse, A Fairy Different Life. Its underlying message of anti-bullying leads students to examine their behavior, rather than the behavior of others. Liebsch tells the story of how she participated in bullying as a child and how she carries regret as an adult because of her actions. She even ties in her childhood nickname to help young students understand that sometimes things that may seem like bullying are not.

    The Color of Beauty
    This book looks at the difficult subject of racism by pointing out how much different the world would look if our favorite color was the only color. After reading the book, Liebsch asks the students to volunteer some of the things that they feel are more beautiful because they are colorful. This approach leads to an open, comfortable discussion of how the world would look if people all looked the same.

    Caring for My New Best Friend: A Puppy!
    Liebsch co-wrote this book with her then 12-year-old niece, Morgan Smith. The book contains an underlying message of empathy toward animals that teaches children who care for pets: "The most important thing to do? Remember I have feelings too." Liebsch's live readings generally include children barking like happy dogs and whining like sad dogs.

    Caring for My New Best Friend: A Kitty!
    This book, also co-written by Liebsch with her niece, Morgan Smith, includes early pet care requirements for kittens, with the underlying message of responsibility.

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    Richard Lofthus

    Professor of History
    Mount Marty College
    801 East 15th St Unit 11, Yankton, SD 57078
    rlofthus23@gmail.com | 605-661-4022

    Over Here, Over There: The World War I Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family
    Lofthus' PowerPoint presentation is based on photos, maps, and excerpts from the World War I letters written by and to John Warns.


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    Ray Maple
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    Bill Markley

    803 Bridgeview Ave, Pierre, SD 57501
    markley@pie.midco.net | 605-224-5322

    A Search for Truth in the Old West
    Who wanted Crazy Horse killed? Were Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane lovers? Did Buffalo Bill ride for the Pony Express? Who fired first at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral? Could Custer have survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn? Were the cattle barons justified starting Wyoming's Johnson County War? Why did the James/Younger Gang raid Minnesota's Northfield Bank? Markley examines all sides of these and other topics he and coauthor Kellen Cutsforth researched for their 2018 book Calling Down the Thunder: A Search for Truth in the Old West.

    Deadwood Dead Men
    This is the title of Markley's first historical novel based on actual events in Deadwood in August 1876. Markley discusses his research into Deadwood's past, its characters, and the events that unfolded in the mining boomtown. Markley also discusses the processes of writing fiction and nonfiction.

    Dances with Wolves
    2018 marks the 28th anniversary of the release of Dances with Wolves filmed in South Dakota. Markley was involved as a reenactor in its filming. Scenes that he participated in were the opening Civil War scene, the Fort Hays scene where Dunbar was sent further west, and the final scene where the cavalry was searching for the Lakota village in Spearfish Canyon. Markley kept a journal while working on the film and has published it as "Dakota Epic". Markley also discusses the process of journaling.

    Custer's 7th Calvary Guidon
    The South Dakota Cultural Heritage Center has a guidon flag that most likely was from the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Markley discusses his research into the guidon and why he believes it is from the battlefield.

    Dakota Territory, Civil War History
    Markley can discuss a variety of historical topics including sites associated with the life of Sitting Bull, the quarries at Pipestone, Minnesota, Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery up the Missouri River, Kenneth McKenzie, King of the Upper Missouri, the Choteau Family fur trade along the Missouri River, the Fort Pierre to Deadwood Trail, Fort Dilts in North Dakota, the murders of Bummer Dan, Spotted Tail, Wild Bill Hickok, and Di Lee, Deadwood's China Doll. Markley has also researched a variety of Civil War topics he can present tailored to the needs of the audience.

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    Michael F. McDonald

    2609 Mulligan Dr, Yankton, SD 57078-5306
    oisins_remnant@yahoo.com | 605-664-7672

    Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery in Song and Story
    McDonald's program of songs and stories about the Corps of Discovery traveling through the Missouri and the Columbia River regions from 1804-1806 is based on McDonald's
    readings of the Bakeless edition of The Journals of Lewis and Clark and Stephen Ambrose's book Undaunted Courage.

    Cowboy Poetry and Songs of Badger Clark, E. A. L. Griffin and Robert V. Carr
    All native cowboy poets of western South Dakota.

    Cowboy Tunes and Nighthawk Songs
    Tunes ranging from Thomas Moore's "Irish Melodies" poems that were sung by Irish-American cowboys after the Mexican American War (1848), the Civil War (1861-65) and the Indian Wars of the Central and Great Northern Plains to tunes of George F. Root, Stephen Foster, et. al.

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    Jason McEntee

    Professor and English Department Head
    SDSU English Dept
    208 Lincoln Ln S, Brookings, SD 57006
    jason.mcentee@sdstate.edu | 605-697-8019

    Strangers in Their Own Land
    McEntee examines Iraqi Freedom movies in the context of the warrior's homecoming. He analyzes the "coming home" narrative and studies warrior trauma, re-adjustment, and repatriation as seen in movies.

    The Famous, the Infamous, and the Dead: Filming Operation Iraqi Freedom
    The presenter discusses the idea of "filming war" through an emerging body of Iraq War movies - mainstream, alternative, and even those shot by warriors themselves, often utilizing "new media" technology.

    Re-Thinking Gender after the Gulf Wars: Literary and Film Representations of the Female Warrior
    This presentation examines the role of the female - as soldier, nurse, citizen - in post-Vietnam combat narratives, both autobiographical and fictional.


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    John Miller

    Professor Emeritus of History, SDSU
    1055 Circle Dr, Brookings, SD 57006-1238
    john.miller@sdstate.edu | 605-692-7680
    SB, DC, OB

    Social Media, Fake News, Shallow Knowledge, and How Democracy Works
    In recent years, the American media environment has been transformed. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and other emerging technologies have changed the way people spend their time and interact with other people. What has been their impact on the political system? Is democracy in
    danger, or has it merely changed in ways most people never anticipated? What can and should be done about it?

    George McGovern: Large "D" Democratic and Small "d" Democratic Politician and His Contribution to American Politics
    For a politician from a small (population) state, George McGovern made a big impact on American politics. As an early anti-war activist, staunch advocate of Food for Peace, main figure in reviving the Democratic Party in South Dakota and reforming it nationally, candidate for President, and long-time liberal strategist and advocate, McGovern left a large legacy. Ironically, the candidate he lost to, but who later was forced to resign from the presidency for crimes committed while in office, has had scores of general books and biographies written. McGovern, on the other hand, has had only had one biography (one volume of a two-volume book completed so far) written about him. Miller is working on another take on the Senator and will reveal some of his findings.

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    Marsha Mittman

    Author, Speaker, Meditation Instructor, Global Traveler
    PO Box 586, Spearfish, SD 57783
    marsha.mittman@thenextfoundation.org | 605-644-8062

    Traveling the World as a Single Woman: The Benefits, the Pitfalls, the Joys
    Marsha Mittman, a veteran traveler, author and speaker who has visited more than 125 countries/islands on six continents, covers topics such as countries considered "safe" today, going it alone vs. joining a tour, where the dollar travels farthest; flight tips, and general safety suggestions.

    Kick-starting Publication of your Poetry and Prose
    Bucking the self-publishing trend, the speaker relates how publication of individual poems and short stories can lead to book and chapbook offers.

    Non-denominational Meditation for Stress Relief and Well-being
    Speaker has taught programs for over twenty years in twelve states. Easy chair or floor-based method - even for those who have tried previously and failed.


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    Laura Hovey Neubert

    Development Director, Rapid City Library Foundation
    610 Quincy St PO Box 1015, Rapid City, SD 57702
    pathfindersd34@yahoo.com | (605) 786-3344
    SB, DC, WSC

    Wild Bill, 10 Cents and Westward Trailing
    Fascinating old west characters like Wild Bill, Buffalo Bill, and Calamity Jane were introduced to the world through the dime novel phenomenon. What was the impact of the sensational information and heart-stopping stories of these popular novellas, many themed on the west? Here's a look at dime novel news: heroes, authors and purveyors, impacting westward settlement, and cultural expectations then and now.

    Book Slingers: Libraries in the Wild, Wild West
    Profiles and discussion of western Dakota Territory pioneers and early libraries of the Black Hills including national philanthropists who settled the west with books, information, and cultural exchange, not guns.

    Literary Societies of the West
    Who were the powerful advocates for women's rights in the newly settled Black Hills, and what did they stand for then? Early ladies' circles included some of the most influential pioneer women, and many of these clubs still meet today. Learn details of this important leadership cadre and their civic projects as part of the development of the suffrage movement.

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    Jean Patrick

    Author, Speaker, Storyteller
    204 W Haven #210, Mitchell, SD 57301
    jean@santel.net | 605-770-7345
    SB, SB*, OB, BC, DC, WSC

    Sports, Heroes, and History
    As a storyteller, Patrick introduces audiences to the hero of her newest nonfiction book, Long-armed Ludy and the First Women's Olympics. Patrick also presents the connection between sports, academics, and community, as well as hands-on examples of her research and writing process. This interactive presentation is appropriate for all ages.

    The Writing Life
    Patrick, author of twelve books, reveals a behind-the-scenes look at her research and writing process. Jean also provides encouragement, writing advice, and activities for writers of all ages.

    Mount Rushmore: Past and Future
    Using archival photographs and objects, Mount Rushmore author Patrick presents unique facts and perspectives about the memorial, including its current importance for people of all backgrounds. Appropriate for all ages, but works especially well with the 4th grade South Dakota history unit. (Note: This can also be adapted for the "Democracy and the Informed Citizen" focus for 2018.)

    The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth
    Patrick, author of the book, dramatizes the true story of Jackie Mitchell. Afterwards, Jean reveals her writing process by displaying piles of primary source research and stacks of rough drafts. Jean also connects Jackie Mitchell's life with the experiences of women baseball players in South Dakota. (Chautauqua)

    Memoir Writing
    Patrick leads beginning and advanced memoir writing classes. Please contact her ahead of time to discuss the needs of your group.


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    Box 555, Pierre, SD 57501
    jpollock@pie.midco.net | 605-224-2767

    Soldier Artists and the Vietnam War
    From August of 1966 to January of 1970, the U.S. Army sent teams of artists with sketchbooks and paint brushes into Vietnam as part of the U.S. Army Vietnam Combat Artist Program. Pollock was one of 46 artists that participated in the program. Using a digital slide show, he gives a historical overview of the Vietnam soldier art program, along with examples of his art and that of the other 45 soldier artists. This presentation was prepared for, and first given, at the U.S. Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. in 2003.


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    Jane Rasmussen

    Independent Scholars
    217 5th Ave East, Sisseton, SD 57262
    janeandjohnrasmussen@gmail.com | 605-237-6004
    SB, OB

    The Stavig Letters
    The immigrant experience comes to life in this three-person readers' theater program created by Dr. Wayne Knutson. Content comes directly from an extensive collection of letters written over a 50-year period between two brothers, one who emigrated to Dakota Territory and one who stayed in Norway.

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    Jim Reese

    Writer, Editor
    Mount Marty College, NEA
    611 Augusta Cir, Yankton, SD 57078
    james.reese@mtmc.edu | 605-668-1362
    SB, DC

    Connecting with the Criminal in Your Classroom: 10 Years in Prison and What Inmates Teach Me
    As one of five artists-in-residence throughout the country who are part of the National Endowment for the Arts interagency initiative with Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons, Reese established Yankton Federal Prison Camp's first creative writing workshop and publishing course, editing a yearly journal, 4 P.M. Count, which features creative writing and visual artwork by
    inmates. His presentation provides current and historical context about incarceration in the United States and examines the effects of programs like his.

    Get Published Now
    This is a hybrid writing seminar where participants spend time generating ideas, writing their own memoirs and poetry, and discussing real methods on how to get published in today's market. The workshop features informal conversations with a working writer and editor, discussing craft, publishing and the writing life.

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    Bruce Roseland

    President, SD State Poetry Society
    16894 SD Hwy 47, Seneca, SD 57473
    bbroseland@venturecomm.net | 605-436-6770

    Roseland facilitates group discussions of books that reflect South Dakota culture and living.

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    Molly Rozum

    Associate Professor and Ronald R. Nelson Chair of Great
    Plains and SD History, USD
    2323 East Main St, Vermillion, SD 57069
    Molly.Rozum@usd.edu | 605-670-3177
    SB, OB, WSC

    South Dakota Woman Suffrage
    Rozum presents an overview of the Woman Suffrage Movement in South Dakota with focus on the failed 1890 and successful 1918 campaigns for woman suffrage. Attendees will "meet" the many men and women from across the state (and nation) involved in the movement for woman suffrage in South Dakota and consider the diverse backgrounds and interests of the state's suffrage advocates.

    Woman Suffrage on the Northern Plains
    A look at the similarities and differences among Woman Suffrage Movements in Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota and North Dakota with an emphasis on western themes.

    From the Northwest to the Midwest: South Dakota and Changing Regional Perceptions
    This presentation draws from a forthcoming book and analysis of the regional language used by settler colonial immigrants to the Northern Plains and their children from the late nineteenth century to the middle of the twentieth century. Changing regional labels reflect then newly popular ideas about the Great Plains and northern grasslands environments.


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    Phyllis Schrag

    Independent Scholar
    2320 Westwind Dr, Ames, IA 50010
    phyllis_schrag@mediacombb.net | 515-337-1713

    Frances Perkins: A Powerful Influence
    Via a PowerPoint presentation, audience members will experience the behind the scenes influence of Frances Perkins on Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal. Through her awareness of women's work conditions through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire; her admiration of social reformer Jane Addams and Florence Kelley, founder of New York's National Consumers League; and her work with New York Governor Al Smith, Perkins rose to a level of significant influence for human causes in FDR's administration.

    Mentioning the Unmentionables
    In a PowerPoint™ presentation, women's clothing fashion trends are defined by the undergarments they wore. This program explores how fashion trends have shaped -- literally and figuratively -- gender roles from 1810 through the late 20th century. Sometimes a body part has been accentuated. At other times, women have tried to minimize a body part. The materials might be unique to the era, but are modern-day Spanx much different from a Victorian corset?

    Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, I am My Mother After All
    You say or do something, and you wonder, "Where did that come from?" only to remember your mother said and did that, and suddenly you realize you have become your mother. Audience members will be reminded of common expressions used by our mothers, along with humorous stories that help us understand the powerful gene pool from which we came. The presentation also includes inspiring quotes attributed to notable famous women of all generations.

    A Piece of My Mind: The Narrative Quilts of Carolyn Mazloomi
    In a PowerPoint™ presentation, detailed photos of Carolyn Mazlomi's quilts will be shown. Her black and white quilts have won great acclaim among quilt enthusiasts everywhere. Her work is hand painted, stenciled, Tsdukineko ink printed, and machine quilted. Every one of her quilts tells a story, promotes social justice, and honors the visual and metaphorical links between textiles and human beings.

    Marie Webster's Quilts and The National Quilt Museum
    In a PowerPoint™ presentation participants will be treated to a visual visit to the National Quilt Museum in Marion, Indiana, where Marie Webster began her quilting life. Webster is the Ladies Home Journal founding mother of appliqué patterns. Her story and many pictures of her quilts will be shown and discussed.


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    Scott Simpson

    Learning Specialist, TIE
    (Technology and Innovation in Education)
    821 N 8th St, Spearfish, SD 57783
    dsimpson@tie.net | 605-641-4289

    WoLakota Project: Listening to the Elders of the Oceti Sakowin (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever)
    Simpson explores elements of the 300-plus Lakota, Dakota and Nakota elder interviews housed on the WoLakota Project website. It can be tailored to be applicable to classroom practice, community work, church or religious settings, parenting, or almost any purpose that includes developing deeper understandings of ourselves and the land we live on through the words, stories, and wisdom of South Dakota's Indigenous people.

    Developing Circles of Trust (with Co-Presenter Sharla Steever)
    Based upon the work of Parker Palmer (author of Courage to Teach) this workshop will explore ways of coming together to build community and trust. We will spend time working in circles, processing "third things" (often poems, art work, short writings, videos, or other things appropriate to the group, purpose and setting). We will learn more about developing and uncovering what Palmer calls the "Hidden Wholeness" that resides within us all.

    Creative Writing
    This workshop will focus primarily on helping writers to develop a process for getting started. We will use games and improvisational activities to generate language that participants may eventually develop into poems, stories, essays or whatever fits their style. Simpson is a published poet and teacher of creative writing.

    This workshop will explore ways of writing lyrics and developing songs. Participants do not have to play an instrument, but instruments are welcomed. We will take time to find inspiration, develop song ideas, collaborate, and in some cases, perform new songs. Simpson is a songwriter who has produced more than 21 studio albums. His music is available at www.scottsimpsonmusic.com.

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    Dr. Judy Sneller

    Professor of English
    South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    4904 Galena Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702

    Look Who's Laughing: The Power of Humor
    Sneller explores the sociological, political, and philosophical ramifications of humor in our everyday world. From our morning newspaper comics to TV sitcoms to movies that make us laugh, humor is all around us, and, often without our realizing it, influences the ways we look at the world.

    Seizing the World by the Tail: The Power of Women's Humor
    This program takes a slightly different direction by focusing on how the humor by women affects the way we interact with and conceptualize the worlds we live in.

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    Sharla Steever

    Learning Specialist, TIE
    (Technology and Innovation in Education)
    1925 Plaza Dr, Rapid City, SD 57702
    ssteever@tie.net | 605-394-1876

    Understanding My Neighbor (with Dr. Scott Simpson)
    Steever incorporates Native American elder interview videos into discussions where participants reflect personally on the topics of the videos and then share together in small groups. Through hearing multiple perspectives on topics specific to South Dakota, participants grow in understanding and begin to transform personally. The more people know about their neighbors, the more informed they become, leading to positive personal and community relationships.

    Learning About the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings (Presented with Dr. Scott Simpson)
    This program provides an overview and experience with the Oceti Sakowin Essential Understandings - the Native American culture and language standards for our state. The OSEU were written by Lakota, Dakota and Nakota elders in South Dakota and express what is most important for people (Native and Non-Native) to understand about the culture and language of the Oceti Sakowin, the Seven Council Fires. This program will give participants time to learn about the OSEU as well as engage in conversations to deepen their understanding of the people who have lived in this region the longest.

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    Dr. Christine Stewart

    824 9th St, Brookings, SD 57006
    christine.stewart@sdstate.edu | 605-691-3714
    SB, OB

    The Work of Creativity: Principles, Perspective, and Practice
    This program offers a theory of understanding creativity applicable across creative domains—art, literature, architecture, music, etc.— to explore how to break through creative "blocks" and work as Creatives (or support the Creatives in our lives).

    Nudes, Narratives, & Abstract Art - Ekphrastic Poetry
    This program gives a historical overview about writing poetry inspired by art, a description of techniques poets use to do so, and reasons why this mode of writing is so popular among writers.

    Appreciating Contemporary Poetry
    This program discusses the elements of poetry—imagery, sound tension, and space—in the work of South Dakota poets publishing today.

    Writing Memoirs to Remember
    This program explores the impulse to write personal stories to both help ourselves remember the past and communicate those memories to friends and family.

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    Jamie Sullivan

    Professor of English
    Mount Marty College
    108 James Pl, Yankton, SD 57078
    jsullivan@mtmc.edu | 605-857-1093

    Sullivan is available to lead One Book SD conversations. He is a professor of English who has taught a variety of writing and literature courses at Mount Marty College in Yankton for more than 30 years. The courses he regularly teaches are Early and Recent American Literature, Recent British Literature, World Literature, and The Novel.

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    Brad Tennant

    Professor of History
    Presentation College
    1500 N Main St, Aberdeen, SD 57401
    brad.tennant@presentation.edu | 605-229-8577
    SB, OB, WSC

    South Dakota During the Progressive Era
    This presentation places events occurring in South Dakota within the period known as the Progressive Era. Topics include the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in South Dakota, political figures such as Coe Crawford and Peter Norbeck, the impact of the Populist movement on the state
    and the Progressive Era, and legislation regarding the state's economy, workers, education, tourism, and more. This program is intended for high school students and the general public.

    The Lewis and Clark Expedition
    This program can easily be adjusted to cover various aspects of the Lewis and Clark Expedition depending on a group's specific interest (e.g., American Indians, wildlife, military, food/nutrition, medicine, members, etc.) This program can be adapted for any audience.

    Looking Back at South Dakota's First 125 Years of Statehood, 1889-2014
    Topics include, but are not limited to, statehood conventions and issues, the impact of Populism and Progressivism, ethnic influences, the Great Depression, and the Cold War era. This program is suited for junior high/high school audiences and the general public. The emphasis is on how events in South Dakota were connected to the larger picture of United States history.

    The Arikara
    This program includes the history and culture of the Arikara, their role in inter-tribal trade, the impact of disease, their encounter with Lewis and Clark, and their conflicts with the U.S. government from 1807 to the 1820s. This can be adapted for any audience.

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    John Timm

    Independent Scholar
    925 South Thompson Ave,
    Sioux Falls, SD 57103
    johntimm@sio.midco.net | 605-338-3312

    All programs are Chautauqua.

    Patronage, the Dark Side of Politics and How It Affected the Development of the Dakotas
    A brief history of the spoils system: when it began and how it became imbedded in national and state government. I discuss the reformists and politicians who tried to stop, or at least contain patronage, and feuds that resulted.

    The life and times of Governor Mellette are presented in the following programs, including his life in Indiana, Civil War service, life in Dakota Territory, and the struggles of early statehood...

    The Friendship that Brought Statehood to the Dakotas
    The story of the unlikely friendship between President Benjamin Harrison and Governor Mellette and how it lasted for 30 years. Includes the story of the friendship between Governors Mellette and Sam Elrod.

    Bonanza Farms, Homesteaders, and Gold Seekers Led Commerce to Dakota Territory

    Governor Mellette's Lonely Mission

    Fueds Between Governor Mellette and Senator Pettigrew


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    Gary Westgard

    Lutheran Pastor , Retired
    1340 22nd St NE, Watertown, SD 57201
    vivigard@gmail.com | 605-882-5733
    SB, OB

    I Shall Miss Bananas
    Gary Westgard will read from his two books, inviting listeners/readers to see the sacred in the ordinary, to pay attention to moments of grace, and to find joy in being.

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    Dr. Jerry Wilson

    30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069
    wilson57069@gmail.com | 605-670-1893

    Citizen of the Natural World
    The presentation based on Seasons of the Coyote: A Year on Prairie Bluff encourages audience members to engage in the natural world and to tell their own stories of how encounters in the natural world enrich their lives and how investment in that world is essential to its preservation for future

    Recreating History Through Fiction
    The focus of this presentation is based on the novel Across the Cimarron which begins with the chaotic 1892 land run into Cheyenne Arapaho territory in western Oklahoma where Wilson was born near the homesteads two of his great grandfathers claimed. Fascinated by both family legends and historical research he mulled the story of this turbulent time for decades, resulting in the 2016 publication of the novel.

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    Dr. Norma Wilson

    Ph.D., English Professor Emerita,
    University of South Dakota
    30959 Frog Creek Rd, Vermillion, SD 57069
    Norma.Wilson@usd.edu | 605-670-1843
    SB, OB, BC, WSC

    The Art of Collaboration in Rivers, Wings & Sky and Other Works
    Since retiring from teaching at USD, Wilson has authored three books: Under the Rainbow: Poems from MojácarMemory, Echo, Words; and Rivers, Wings & Sky with visual artist Nancy Losacker. All of these books reflect life in South Dakota, and all involve Wilson's interactions with other artists. As a poet, she finds inspiration in the landscape and community of artists that surround her. Wilson will engage members of the audience in the process of collaboration as a means of developing their own creativity.

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    Steven Wingate
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    Lillian Witt

    6715 State Hwy 27, Gordon, NE 69343
    lillyrae49@yahoo.com | 308-360-3029
    SB*, OB

    Dakota Daughters: Lakota, Euro-American, African American (Chautauqua)
    Women from these cultures weave a perceived history of Wounded Knee. Former Three Voices... Speaking from the Past historical interpreter, Jerry Goes In Center, rejoins SDHC scholars Joyce Jefferson and Lillian Witt to revive Dakota Daughters. This historical interpretation of the events culminating in the massacre at Wounded Knee Creek in 1890 have been thoroughly researched and historically reenacted to reflect the possible thoughts and feelings of women during that time.

    Daddies' Dreams (Chautauqua)
    Humanities scholars Joyce Jefferson and Lillian Witt share memories of their fathers' dreams carried through time by the Dakota prairie winds. Through poetry and song, Joyce discusses the life of her father, a 30-year Air Force veteran. Lilly tells hilarious, but true antics of her adventurous father as a young cowboy, WWII veteran, and South Dakota rancher.

    Annie Tallent: 1887-1901 (Chautauqua)
    A woman of refinement and education, Annie Tallent was the first white woman in the Black Hills. Along with her husband D.G. and their nine-year-old son Robert, Annie joined the Gordon party on a long and grueling journey of deep snow and bitter cold en-route to the Black Hills. Even though she first entered Dakota Territory illegally, Annie Tallent represents the heroism and resourcefulness of pioneer women, and is recognized as an interesting figure among the pioneers of the Black Hills, especially in the annals of early educational history.

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    James Zarzana

    227 North Hill St, Marshall, MN 56258
    jazarzana@iw.net | 507-532-9117

    Getting Started Writing Fiction
    Zarzana discusses the major parts of writing fiction: plot, characterization, setting. Excellent fiction is driven by strong characters, plausible character interaction, tightly woven plots and more. Zarzana will discuss first-person vs. third-person narration, dialogue, and more. This presentation is suitable for any writer from beginner to advanced, and also applies to those interested in writing memoir.

Scholars by Alphabet


  • Aronson Marilyn Carlson
  • Atkins Annette
  • Ball Kiera
  • Barari Molly
  • Boyd Verna Kay
  • Breuninger Scott
  • Brown Roderick
  • Cole-Dai Phyllis
  • Conrad-Popova Dyanis
  • Cramer Marian
  • DeCory Jace
  • Diggs Lawrence
  • Dilenschneider Anne
  • Douglas Pegie
  • Echtenkamp Kristin
  • Fadness Arley
  • Fanebust Wayne
  • Fogg Jerry
  • Gilbert Wayne
  • Godfrey Joyzelle
  • Goes in Center Geraldine
  • Granholm Nels
  • Gypsy Cowbell, Miss "V"


  • Hicks Patrick
  • Hollenbeck Yvonne
  • Horsted Paul
  • Hunter Karla
  • James Adrienne Brant
  • Jefferson Joyce
  • Johnson Barbara
  • Jones Ruth Page
  • Junek Bruce
  • Kaan Richard
  • Kingfisher Billie Jr.
  • Kirkham Allen & Jill
  • Kirkpatrick Jeanie
  • Klundt Lynn
  • Lee MaryJo Benton
  • Liebsch Coleen
  • Lofthus Rich
  • Maple Ray
  • Markley Bill
  • McDonald Michael F.
  • McEntee Jason
  • Miller John
  • Mittman Marsha
  • Neubert Laura Hovey


  • Patrick Jean
  • Pollock James
  • Rasmussen Jane 
  • Reese Jim
  • Roseland Bruce
  • Rozum Molly
  • Schrag Phyllis
  • Simpson Scott
  • Sneller Judy
  • Steever Sharla
  • Stewart Christine
  • Sullivan Jamie
  • Tennant Brad
  • Thacker Tass
  • Timm John
  • Westgard Gary
  • Wilson Jerry
  • Wilson Norma
  • Wingate Steven
  • Witt Lillian
  • Zarzana James