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10th annual USF Research Symposium

The New York Times best-selling author Theresa Brown, RN, will be the keynote speaker

The New York Times best-selling author Theresa Brown, RN, will be the keynote speaker for the 10th annual USF Research Symposium on Thursday, April 19. The public is welcome to attend Brown’s address at 7 p.m. in the Jeschke Fine Arts Center’s Meredith Auditorium on the University of Sioux Falls campus.


Theresa Brown, a clinical nurse, has authored two bestselling books on nursing and frequently contributes to The New York Times. Her writing focuses on nursing and health care, and her vivid, experience-driven writing has been recognized by former President Barack Obama.


“Theresa is an extraordinary figure, someone who embodies the liberal arts spirit of USF, and I think our regional medical community as well,” said Dr. Kevin Cole, organizer of the research symposium and professor of English at USF. “We’re honored and excited to offer this free event to the community and the region.”


Brown has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago and taught English for three years at Tufts University. She stayed home with her three children after working at Tufts and was inspired by them to return to school and become a nurse.


Brown’s keynote is the highlight of the day-long research symposium. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cleveland Professional Development Center, students will showcase the undergraduate research they are conducting—as individuals, with partners and in collaboration with USF faculty—through oral presentations.


The USF Research Symposium is one opportunity among many for engagement during the week of April 15­-19. The symposium intersects with “Exposing the Scandal of Poverty”, a week-long initiative on campus to better understand poverty and its effects. The week of April 15 to 19 the USF campus will have the opportunity to engage with a hands-on poverty simulation, the educational “Coo Talks” forum and intentional classroom dialog. Consistent with the University of Sioux Falls’ mission, the initiative seeks to deepen the understanding of students and the broader Sioux Falls community about poverty and its manifestations in our personal and professional lives.

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