USD's Lehmann leads students in Athens Clayton Lehmann, associate professor of history at The University of South Dakota, is working "where no tourist can go" during a summer workshop in Athens, Greece. Lehmann is teaching two six-week summer sessions with the American School of Classical Studies.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my students to plunge deeply into Greek civilization: ancient, medieval and modern ? it's no vacation, the session is extremely strenuous � physically and intellectually � and so all the more rewarding," said Lehmann, who has taught history at USD since 1988.
Lehmann was selected this spring as a Gertrude Smith Professor to help select 20 participants, plan the itinerary, assign projects, coordinate guest lectures and arrange transportation, lodging and access to sites and museums, including storerooms and areas where most visitors are not allowed. Participants stay in Athens and its region with the exception of three 10-day trips outside of the area.
The American School, dedicated to the study of classical humanities, was the first American Overseas Research Center. Nine American universities founded the school in 1881. Annually, the American School hosts almost 400 U.S. graduate students and scholars from 157 affiliated North American colleges and universities. Gertrude Smith was a teacher and benefactor of the American School.
Lehmann received a B.A. from Augustana College, an M.A. from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.