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Angie Thomas, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestselling book “The Hate U Give,” will deliver Northern State University’s 2018 Common Read Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Johnson Fine Arts Center. The event—Northern’s eighth annual Common Read Lecture—is free and open to the public.  The award-winning “The Hate U Give” has received starred reviews from eight literary journals and has been optioned by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill Production.

Northern State University's premier scholarship gala, Northern Night provides critical funding in support of student scholarships. Enjoy an evening featuring entertainment, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner and an opportunity to impact students' lives by supporting the scholarship program at Northern State University. Northern Night 208 will be held 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Dakota Event Center.

At the NSU “A Writer Reads” capstone event, students taking fiction writing will give a reading of their work. This will take place in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. “A Writer Reads” events are sponsored by funding from the South Dakota Humanities Council. For more information, contact NSU English Professor Dr.

The Northern State University Choirs will offer their spring concert, titled “a Celestial Celebration,” at 7:30 p.m. April 23 in the Johnson Fine Art Center’s Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater. ‘A Celestial Celebration’ will feature the NSU Concert Choir, Early Music Ensemble, Chamber Singers and special guests, the Aberdeen Central High School A Cappella under the direction of Susan Appl. Admission is $5 for adults, $2.50 for NSU faculty/staff, and free for school-aged children or NSU students with ID.

Members of the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony (AUCS) string section will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. on April 19 in the Northern State University Krikac Auditorium.

The program will feature students from the studio of Dr. Robert Vodnoy, as well as community members of the orchestra. The program will feature the music of Beethoven, Handel, Eccles, Gebauer, Telemann and an original composition by freshman music major Isaac Seaton. 

An internationally known violin/piano duo will visit Northern State University on Thursday, April 12. The Kobayashi/Gray Duo will present a master class at 4-5 p.m. and perform a recital at 7:30 p.m.

This spring at Northern State University, “A Writer Reads” will feature readings by three visiting writers, as well as a capstone reading by students taking fiction writing. On Tuesday, April 10, Elissa Dickey will give a public reading of her work in the Williams Library Round Room from 4 to 4:45 p.m. Dickey, a writer for the NSU Communications and Marketing Department, is an author of upmarket suspense represented by Sharon Pelletier of Dystel, Goderich and Bourret in New York City.

The Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony, conducted by Dr. Robert Vodnoy, will perform the closing concert of its 98th Season on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater in the Johnson Fine Arts Center at NSU. The theme of the program is “War and Peace” and includes music by Handel, Haydn, and Tchaikovsky as well as music from films in the Star Wars series, “Dunkirk”, and the video game World of Warcraft.

The Northern State University Theater production of “Sondheim on Sondheim” will be performed in the NSU Johnson Fine Art Center’s Black Box Theater nightly April 10-14 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the production are $18 for the general public. Tickets are $9 for NSU faculty and staff. NSU students are admitted free with ID (only available at the box office).

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