"International Forum: Washington Update and why South America is Important to the U.S." will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 21, in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre in the Fine Arts building at The University of South Dakota.
Panelists include Sen. Thune, Dr. Ralph Brown, an economics professor at USD, and Dr. Jose Flores, a mathematics professor and native of Chile. Dr. Benno Wymar, professor emeritus of economics, will moderate the panel.
Sen. Thune recently returned from a week-long visit to South America. Thune believes political stability and relations with the United States were key points in talks with leaders of several South American nations. Thune made the trip with Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Mel Martinez of Florida and Richard Burr of North Carolina.
Thune will provide a "Washington Update" on what pressing issues Congress is dealing with currently and will also lead a discussion about the current political situation surrounding many South American countries. A question and answer session will follow Thune's update and the panel presentations.
The forum, sponsored by The University of South Dakota's School of Business, is free and open to the public.