Northern to hold Wolf Talks speaker series this fall

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University is presenting Wolf Talks this fall in conjunction with the 2020 NSU Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture.

The next Wolf Talk will take place at 6:30 p.m. Oct 12 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. The talk, titled “Significance of Place,” will be presented by Gordon Tree Top, Standing Rock Tribal member or Hunkpapa Lakota.

Tree Top will provide a first-person narrative on the importance of community and significance of place. This Wolf Talk, co-sponsored by the American Indian Circle Program and NSU Native American Student Association, will also feature a special cultural component.

Then on Nov. 18, Jamie Milbrandt will present a Wolf Talk, titled “Empathy,” at 6:30 p.m. in the JFAC Jewett Theater. Milbrandt, a certified addiction counselor, will discuss how empathy can establish trust and acceptance from others. A special focus will include how to support those dealing with addiction.

Wolf Talks are sponsored by TRIO Student Support Services, the Honors Program and Student Involvement and Leadership. The events are free and open to the public. Please note that masks are required, as mandated by the S.D. Board of Regents.

The Wolf Talk speaker series is held in conjunction with the 2020 Common Read selection, “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America” by Chris Arnade. Arnade’s Common Read Lecture will be a virtual event, livestreamed on the NSU Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions