Botkin will keynote USD Ideafest 2001

Botkin will keynote USD Ideafest 2001 An event to promote increased research opportunities and activities of undergraduate students at The University of South Dakota will be held April 5-6 on the USD campus.

"Ideafest: A Celebration of Undergraduate Research" has been held continuously in April of each year since 1992. The heart of the Ideafest is the Student Showcase, which will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 6.

The showcase will include oral presentations, a poster session (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), exhibits and displays. A banquet honoring student presenters will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Coyote Student Center honoring all of the student presenters.

Daniel Botkin, keynote speaker, is president of the Center for the Study of the Environment and a research professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

On Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall, Botkin will present his keynote address titled "Using Lewis and Clark to Understand Restoration of the Missouri River." A reception and book signing will follow. His lecture is co-sponsored by Ideafest, the Missouri River Institute, the IdEA Program, and the South Dakota Academy of Science.

"The only immutable law in nature is that of constant change," said Botkin.

He is one of the world's leading environmental scientists and has pursued this theme in many of his influential books, which are helping to change the way corporations, government agencies, and citizens view environmental issues.

Botkin has taught at George Mason University and Yale University, and was a scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

He has worked as a journalist, a Peace Corps volunteer, and has served as an advisor to the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the government of Taiwan. He has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Bellagio Institute in Italy and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Botkin is best known for Discordant Harmonies: A New Ecology for the 21st Century, a book that has become the genesis for Forces of Change: A New View of Nature, published in 2000 as a collaboration of the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian Institution and to which he is a contributor.

His other recent books include Our Natural History: The Lessons of Lewis and Clark and Passages of Discovery: The American Rivers Guide to the Missouri River of Lewis and Clark and the newly-released No Man's Garden: Thoreau and the New Vision for Civilization and Nature.

Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m., Jane Adams, professor of anthropology and history at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale is presenting a keynote address titled "Integrating Oral History and Multimedia in Qualitative Research Designs." A reception will follow. Adams will also present a special workshop on April 6 from noon to 2 p.m. titled "Digital Multimedia as a Research Tool."

She has published two books, The Transformation of Rural Life: Southern Illinois 1890-1990 and All Anybody Ever Wanted of Me was to Work: The Memoirs of Edith Bradley Rendlemen.

With documentary photographers and student researchers, she has collected archival photographs, mounted museum exhibits and produced television and other video productions. She and her husband, photographer D. Gorton, are integrating digital video and other digital technologies into their research and publications.

Carter Revard, Native American poet and professor emeritus of English, Washington University, St. Louis, is providing poetry reading and book signing on April 6 from 2 to 3 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main. Revard, after winning a radio quiz scholarship, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, completing a B.A. in English in 1954. He then attended Yale University, completing a Ph.D. in English in 1959.

He taught at Amherst College from 1956-61. In 1961 he joined the English faculty at Washington University in St. Louis where he taught courses in Medieval English and American Indian literatures until his retirement in 1997.

Revard, one of the major voices in Native American literature, has written poetry and scholarly essays on native poetry and culture. His books include Ponca War Dancers, Cowboys and Indians Christmas Shopping, An Eagle Nation, Family Matters, Tribal affairs, and Winning the Dust Bowl.

Funding for Revard's visit was provided to USD's English department through a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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