ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s spring 2024 Noon Forums will begin Wednesday, Jan. 24 at noon in the Beulah Williams Library Round Room. The sessions are free and open to the public.

The first forum will feature the Northern Innovation and Startup Center. Bea Smith, director of the Northern Innovation and Startup Center, and Hannah Walters, interim associate dean of business and associate professor of marketing will discuss how to turn “dreams into ventures,” and ways the Startup Center can help. Learn more about the Startup Center, which opened in November 2022, and see workshops and upcoming programs at northernstartupcenter.com.

The second forum will be presented by Gus Foote, assistant professor of communication studies/director of forensics, and members of the Northern speech team. Their topic: Looking for a Good Argument. Their presentation will include a sample debate.

Northern Noon Forums are sponsored by Northern Faculty Senate, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. Topics for the spring semester are as follows:

  • Jan. 24: Turning Visions into Ventures (Bea Smith, Hannah Walters)
  • Jan. 31: Looking for a Good Argument (Gus Foote and the NSU Speech Team)
  • Feb. 7: Higher Education Faculty Experiences Utilizing Artificial Intelligence in Teaching and Research: A Phenomenological Inquiry  (Hannah Walters, Kristi Bockorny, Christopher Puglisi, Shalini Mathew)
  • Feb. 14: More AI, Less Oy? (Josh Citrak)
  • Feb. 21: Open Primaries and Initiated Amendments (Brian Bengs, Jon Schaff)
  • Feb. 28: The Power of Funny: Indigenous High Art as Quiescence and Rebellion (Liz Sills, Pam Monaghan-Geernaert)
  • March 27: I Got a Fulbright to See the World (Steven Usitalo)
  • April 3: American Schools and Taiwanese Schools: Five Essential Differences (Cheng-Hsien Wu, Nicole Schutter)
  • April 10: Double Booked: Poetry Reading and Book Signing (Pen Pearson and Lysbeth Benkert)
  • April 17: Perceptions of Bullying in the College Classroom (Bixi Qiao)
  • April 24: The Last Lecture I’d Ever Give (Ken Blanchard)