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USD Psychology Professor to Present 69th Annual Harrington Lecture

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Beth Boyd headshot Clinical psychology professor Beth Boyd will present “Mitákuye Oyás ‘iŋ (We Are All Related): Reflections to Learning to Become a Relative” at the 69th annual Harrington Lecture.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Beth Boyd, Ph.D, director and professor in the clinical psychology program at the University of South Dakota, presents “Mitákuye Oyás ‘iŋ (We Are All Related): Reflections to Learning to Become a Relative” at the 69th annual Harrington Lecture Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The lecture is open to the public and will take place in the Freedom Forum Conference Room in the Al Neuharth Center.
Boyd’s presentation will focus on the psychological, social and cultural impact of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967). The influence of this federal program, with assimilation goals similar to those of Indian boarding schools, continues to resonate throughout Native communities today.
Boyd is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and a member of the USD Disaster Mental Health Institute (DHMI). She has also been active in service to the American Psychological Association (APA). Boyd was president of the APA Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race and the Society for the Clinical Psychology of Ethnic Minorities. Boyd also served on the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, the Presidential Task Force on PTSD and Trauma in Children and Adolescents, the Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention & Training, and the Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Committee.
Boyd has authored and co-authored several articles and chapters on issues of diversity and social justice, particularly in the context of disaster.
Named in 1966 in honor of Elbert Harrington, professor of speech and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences (1945-1970), the lecture is an annual event featuring a distinguished professor with long-standing service to the College of Arts & Sciences. Each year a faculty committee in Arts & Sciences recommends to the dean the name of a faculty member to deliver the Harrington Lecture. The faculty member must be a teacher and scholar, and the lecture must be non-technical, blending insight into liberal education with the faculty member’s work as a scholar.
USD’s College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college’s more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News


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