Bucklin offers two programs about Benjamin Franklin
Dr. Steven Bucklin will be providing two programs for the Benjamin Franklin exhibit program series at the Karl E. Mundt Library at Dakota State University in October. The public is invited and welcome at both programs. Dr. Bucklin, the humanities scholar for the exhibit, will present "'God wants us to be happy': The philosophy of Benjamin Franklin" on Tuesday, October 5 from 4-5pm in the Mundt Foundation in the lower level of the Mundt Library.
The second program by Bucklin will be on Thursday, Oct 14, from 7-9pm in room 201 in the Mundt Library. Bucklin will introduce and show the film "Benjamin Franklin: Chessmaster" and will lead discussion of the film afterwards. The film focuses on Franklin's diplomatic career.
Steven Bucklin is a native South Dakotan. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in History at the University of South Dakota and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His specialty is the history of U.S. Foreign policy. He has written several books and articles on that topic, as well as on topics of South Dakota History. Professor Bucklin has taught at USD since 1996 and received the Belbas-Larson Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001 and was designated a Truman Scholar Mentor in 1999. He was a Board Member of the South Dakota Humanities Council for six years.
Bucklin's presentations are part of the schedule of events associated with the exhibit "Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World" showing at the Mundt Library, Dakota State University, from September 14 to October 22. His programs at Dakota State University are funded by a grant from the South Dakota Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World was organized by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, Philadelphia, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition for libraries has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life.