DSU Participates in One Book South Dakota

The Dakota State University Office of Diversity Services, the Karl Mundt Library, and DSU faculty member Dr. Stacey Berry, are collaborating to participate in the South Dakota Humanities Council initiative, One Book South Dakota. The Office of Diversity Services involvement is as administrator of the College Access Challenge Grant. Berry, assistant professor in the College of Arts and Science, is serving as the group leader.

The goal of One Book South Dakota is to encourage regional conversations around a common text, and to provide understanding of cultural issues pertaining to the state and its history. The South Dakota Humanities Council hopes to get 1% of the population, approximately 8,120 people involved in the program.

Reading discussion groups will be held Mondays at the Dakota State University Trojan Center Underground at both noon and at 5:00pm. Participants can choose the time that best fits their schedule. Evening times include free childcare. The first meeting is September 12. 

The 2012 book selection for One Book South Dakota is The Journey of Crazy Horse: A Lakota History by Joseph Marshall III. Best known for his prowess on the battlefield, the book gives a closer inspection of the life of Crazy Horse and reveals a complex figure made up of much more than war stories and heroic legends.  Books are available for loan at the Karl Mundt Library.

The book selection will serve communities throughout the state as a focal point for the South Dakota Humanities Council American Indian Cultures programming. Author Joseph Marshall III was born and raised on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation. His first language is Lakota, and his ability to recreate the oral storytelling history of his ancestors into a uniquely personal prose style leads to a greater understanding of Lakota culture.

Mary Francis

Last Updated: 1/10/12