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​Three speakers coming to campus as part of NSU Common Read
ABERDEEN, S.D. – Three women will share their courageous and powerful stories at Northern State University this fall as part of the university’s second annual Common Read.
Jennifer Pharr Davis to speak Oct. 15
Jennifer Pharr Davis will present “A Life of Exploration” 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the NSU Student Center Centennial rooms C and D. Pharr Davis – National Geographic adventurer and author of “Becoming Odyssa” and “Called Again: A Story of Love and Triumph” – holds the record for the fastest through hike of the Appalachian Trail. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by NSU Women’s Club and NSU Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Myra Dahgaypaw presents on Oct. 21
Myra Dahgaypaw’s presentation, “A Conversation about Burma and the Karen,” will be 6-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Krikac Auditorium. Dahgaypaw, an activist and campaigns coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for Burma, spent 12 years as an internally displaced person and then 17 years in a refugee camp in Thailand. She will speak about being Karen, issues in Burma and the Karen population in South Dakota. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NSU Center of Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of International Programs and Honors Program. Dahgaypaw will also speak at the Huron Community Campus 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Jeannette Walls gives main lecture Nov. 20
New York Times best-selling author Jeannette Walls will deliver the main
Common Read lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater. All freshmen are reading Walls’ “The Glass Castle” this semester as part of Northern’s Common Read. The book, which was named one of the “Top 10 Books of the Decade” by, recounts Walls’ story of growing up in poverty and neglect and is the tale of resilience she forged to create her own success. The event, sponsored by the NSU Honors Program, is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available on the NSU website HERE

Other Common Read Events
Other Common Read events on campus this fall include:

• Students in biology freshmen seminars will brew root beer for “The Science of Fermentation” root beer float social, sponsored by the NSU Department of Biology, 1-1:50 p.m. and 2-2:50 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, and 2-2:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Mewaldt-Jensen 203.
• A food drive for Safe Harbor shelter, sponsored by the NSU Advising Center peer advisers, will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11-Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Dacotah Hall 209.

• NSU Residence Life and students Karla Jager and Michael Stockert are coordinating Northern’s participation in TOMS One Day without Shoes. The ordering period is in February and March, and participants can decorate their TOMS on campus in April.
• The “Monument of Success” found art project, sponsored by TRiO Student Support Services, which ran through September in participating freshmen seminars.

For more information on Common Read events, contact Dr. Erin Fouberg, NSU Honors Program director, at
Photo: Walls