BHSU-Rapid City to host academic lecture series

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, January 19, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University-Rapid City will begin hosting a series of academic lectures to promote community learning and collaboration.

The series begins Feb. 1 and features 10 lectures by BHSU professors and other regional educators. All presentations are scheduled for Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at BHSU-RC, room 113, with the exception of one lecture set for Friday, March 18. The presentations are free and open to the public.

"We are excited to present this opportunity to the students of BHSU-RC and the community as a whole," said Gene Bilodeau, executive director of BHSU-RC. "We feel that in addition to the existing academic programming we provide, it's incumbent upon us to provide additional educational events for individuals to be exposed to material which is informative, may expand their local and world view, perhaps challenge them, and in adhering to our mission provide for the life-long educational needs of individuals in our region."

The lecture series will kick off Feb. 1 with Robert Haivala, South Dakota assistant attorney general and BHSU adjunct professor. Haivala's topic dissects the Battle of Little Big Horn. His presentation will look at Custer's involvement in the battle and discuss the political reasoning behind the historic event.

The series schedule includes:
  • Feb. 1, "Little Big Horn: Why did it Happen?" Robert Haivala, South Dakota assistant attorney general and BHSU adjunct professor
  • Feb. 22, "Racism in Rapid City and Medical Marijuana in South Dakota," Josh Houy, political science and criminal justice lecturer at BHSU-RC
  • Feb. 29, "American Indian Star Connections," A.C. Ross, adjunct professor, Oglala Lakota College
  • March 14, "Stuffies, Sex and the Contemporary Counter-Reformation," Ann Porter, professor of art at BHSU
  • March 18, "Adult Education and the Open Classroom," Dr. Gerald McGraw, instructor at BHSU-RC
  • Mar. 21, "What is AI?" Dr. David Scarborough, professor of Human Resource Management at BHSU
  • April 4, "Tasting Life Twice: On Life-Writing and Wellbeing," Dr. Denice Turner, professor of education at BHSU
  • April 11, "Violence and Death on the Black Hills Mining Frontier, 1875-1879," Dr. David Wolff, professor emeritus at BHSU
  • April 18, "Mountain Pine Beetle and Tourism Business Perceptions," Dr. Ignatius Cahyanto, assistant professor of tourism and hospitality management at BHSU
  • April 25, "Islam's Troubled Image: Some Reflections, Some Clarifications," Dr. Ahrar Ahmad, BHSU professor emeritus
For questions on the BHSU-RC lecture series, contact Gene Bilodeau at

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