Abourezk to give Herbert Schell Lecture The University of South Dakota Department of History will sponsor the Herbert S. Schell Lecture in American History at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13 in Old Main's Farber Hall, with a reception to follow in the University Room 118.
James G. Abourezk, former U.S. representative and senator for South Dakota, will present "How to Gain Enemies and Antagonize Virtually Everyone." Abourezk will address U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, terrorism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. For more information on the 2002 Schell Lecture, please contact the USD Department of History at (605) 677-5218 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Born on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation to Lebanese immigrant parents, Abourezk served four years in the Korean War. He worked as a rancher and car salesman before earning a B.S. in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a J.D. degree from USD's School of Law.
Serving in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, Abourezk was instrumental in establishing the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and was author of a number of significant bills, including the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Indian Self-Determination Act.
After leaving the Senate, Abourezk organized and chaired for 15 years, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a nationwide civil rights organization which has worked to end discrimination against people of Arab descent.
He has served as adjunct professor of International Politics at the American University in Washington, DC, and has lectured at a number of universities and public organizations on the Congress, the Middle East, and American Indian policy.
Abourezk currently practices law in Sioux Falls.
Herbert S. Schell (1899-1994) served the department of history, The University of South Dakota and the state of South Dakota for 43 continuous years. He taught over 19,000 students and was director and then dean of the graduate school from 1936-1964.
He was well known for his labors in preserving South Dakota history and his history of the state remains the definitive work. He was inducted into the "Western Writers Hall of Fame" for his work in western and South Dakota history.