ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s fall 2023 Noon Forums will begin Wednesday, Sept. 20, at noon in the Beulah Williams Library Round Room.

The featured speaker will be Dr. Ken Blanchard, NSU professor of political science, who will present the topic, 'The End of Liberal Democracy in America.' Dr. Blanchard's presentation will focus on the destruction of freedom of speech in modern democracy.

Dr. Blanchard is in his 35th year teaching political science at Northern. His academic specialty is biology and political theory. He has a forthcoming book on Darwin and the Declaration of Independence."

NSU Noon Forums, which are free and open to the public, are sponsored by NSU Faculty Senate, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Center for Public History and Civic Engagement. Remaining topics for the fall semester are as follows:

  • Sept. 27: Frodo: Won’t You Be My Neighbor (Jon Schaff)
  • Oct. 4: Return of the Wolves (NSU Alumni)
  • Oct. 11: The REZ of the Story: Tales from Standing Rock Reservation Traveling Classroom (Pam Monaghan-Geernaert and Lara Nelson)
  • Oct. 18: Classroom Hospitality: Encouraging Frank Discussion (Liz Sills)
  • Oct. 25: The Ukraine War: Five Essential Moments (Steven Usitalo)
  • Nov. 1: A Pawsitive Approach: The Benefits of Animal Assisted Intervention for Military Personnel (Chris Publisi, Shalini Matthew, Junwei Jia and Abiah George)
  • Nov. 8: Veterans’ Day Presentation: Leading the Way (Ray Ladewig, former US Army Ranger)
  • Nov. 15: No Forum—Technology & Entrepreneurship Summit
  • Nov. 22: (Thanksgiving—No Forum)
  • Nov. 29: The Biogeography of Martial Arts and The Fate of Mankind (Jeff Bartel)