Phi Beta Kappa announces Lifto Amundson Lecture, spring initiation

Phi Beta Kappa announces Lifto Amundson Lecture, spring initiation
The South Dakota Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at The University of South Dakota proudly announces its 2007 spring initiation and Lifto Amundson Lecture, to be held on Monday, April 16.

The event starts at 5 p.m. with a celebratory banquet for new members hosted by President James W. Abbot, followed by the initiation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in Farber Hall.

The evening culminates with the Lifto Amundson Lecture, presented by Helen A. Moore, Ph.D., professor of sociology and women's studies at the University of Nebraska, a faculty affiliate of the UNL Native American Studies program and former chair of the Department of Sociology. Moore will present a lecture titled, "Testing Whiteness: No Child (no school?) Left Behind?"

Moore's research and teaching interests include sociology of education and social inequality with a focus on race/class/gender and labor markets.�She is past editor of the journal, Teaching Sociology, and author of two books, with the most recent being The Sociology of Women: Intersections of Patriarchy, Capitalism and Colonization.� She has been honored as the UNL Ronald E. McNair Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor and has received the UNL Outstanding Teaching and Instructional Creativity Award.�Moore is also a member of the UNL Academy of Distinguished Teachers and a board member and volunteer at the Lincoln Rape/Spouse Abuse Crisis Center.

The Lifto Amundson Lecture was instituted by the late Mrs. Marjorie Lifto Amundson, a member of the chapter, and her son, Dr. Loren Amundson of Sioux Falls, to represent the varied disciplines of the liberal arts. Each year a different liberal arts department selects the lecturer.

At the initiation, the chapter will also present the Grace L. Beede and Marjorie H. Beaty awards. The Beede Award, presented to the outstanding junior initiate, honors Grace L. Beede, Ph.D., who taught classics at USD for more than 50 years. The Beaty Award, instituted in honor of Marjorie Beaty, Ph.D., who taught mathematics at USD for more than 50 years, is presented to the outstanding senior initiate who will pursue graduate study at USD.

For more information about the event, please contact the Department of History at 605-677-5218 or

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