New lecture series will begin Dec. 5 at USD The University of South Dakota is proud to present the new "President's Lecture Series on Teaching and Learning." A visiting professor, A. Truman Schwartz, will kick off the series on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. with a lecture titled "The IdEA Program and the Joys of Interdisciplinarity." The lecture will be held in Old Main's Farber Hall on the USD campus.
The Interdisciplinary Education and Action (IdEA) Program recently established at USD is a new requirement in addition to other university requirements, and applies to students entering USD in the fall of 2000 and subsequent semesters. Students from a variety of majors will come together to use their discipline-based knowledge in joint efforts to address some of the complex issues associated with a selected number of themes.
Students will be expected to complete the requirements for one theme by the time they graduate. These requirements include nine credits of academic work, participation in co-curricular events and activities, and completion of a service component. Schwartz's lecture will describe some of the successes, failures, frustrations, and joys of the program.
Schwartz graduated from USD in 1956 with a B.A. degree in chemistry. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and obtained his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 1966, Schwartz has been a faculty member at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN and currently holds the rank of DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry. He has received an honorary D.Sc. and an Alumni Leadership Award from USD. During the fall semester of 2000, he is serving USD as a visiting professor and coordinator of the IdEA program.
The President's Lecture Series was created to stimulate discussion on different approaches to education and explore the various ways in which students learn. The series will feature nationally renowned speakers addressing topics applicable to the education of USD students. The goal of the series is to challenge the faculty with new ideas in teaching and to encourage them to think creatively of new ways to engage students. Faculty members will nominate the future speakers.