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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University’s Larry and Julie Poeppel Family Common Read Lecture will now be a virtual event this fall.

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Author Chris Arnade’s presentation will be livestreamed on the NSU Facebook page at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. Arnade, author of “Dignity: Seeking Respect in Backrow America,” will not be on the Northern campus, but will present from his own location. “Dignity” includes photos and stories by Arnade, who shares tales of individuals across the U.S. struggling with issues like poverty and addiction. The book is available for purchase via the NSU Wolf Shoppe.

“We are fortunate that Chris Arnade will be able to join us via livestream for this year’s Common Read Event,” said NSU Honors Program Director Dr. Kristi Bockorny. “With the Common Read being virtual, we are able to expand the offering to a wider audience, including NSU alumni and friends.”

Now in its 11th year, Northern’s annual Common Read is supported through a generous endowment by the Larry and Julie Poeppel family. To learn more, contact Bockorny at

About Northern State University

Northern State University is a student-centered institution that provides an outstanding educational experience, preparing students through the liberal arts and professional education for their future endeavors. A regional university, Northern offers rigorous academics; diverse civic, social and cultural opportunities; and a commitment to building an inclusive environment for all points of view. Northern also offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 15 NCAA Division II intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (NSIC). The university strives to enrich the community through partnerships such as its Educational Impact Campaign, which opened a new South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired; new athletic and recreation fields; and, soon, an on-campus regional sports complex. With the $55 million campaign, NSU has been the recipient of more than $120 million in privately funded building projects and scholarships within a decade. To learn more, visit NSU Admissions.