IdeaFest to highlight research, civil rights crusader The University of South Dakota will host IdeaFest 2005, an annual event geared towards promoting increased research opportunities and activities for undergraduate students at the USD, Thursday, March 31.
The keynote speaker is Minnijean Brown Trickey, a member of the �Little Rock Nine,� a group of African-American teenagers who helped to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, AR, in 1957. Trickey will be speaking at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall of Old Main. Following her talk, which is free and open to the public, a reception will be held.�
Her lecture, titled �Return to Little Rock: Minnijean Brown Trickey of the Little Rock Nine,� will highlight her experience at Central High, how far we have come and how far we have to go in regards to social change, diversity and the battle against discrimination and racism.
IdeaFest is a celebration of ideas � of the human capacity for thinking, questioning, and creativity.
The celebration begins with the Student Research Showcase of oral presentations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hoy and Frankenfeld Rooms of the Coyote Student Center. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., poster and exhibit presentations will be displayed in the Rushmore Rooms.
At 3:30 p.m., a roundtable forum titled �Future of Discrimination Policy in the United States� involving USD students and faculty and Trickey, will be held in the Frankenfeld Rooms of the CSC.
A banquet will be held at 6:30 p.m. Following the meal will be the keynote speech at 8 p.m. in Farber Hall.