Wendy Wilson Dr. Wendy Wilson has been an Associate Professor of Psychology at Dickinson State University since the fall of 2011 where she is also the advisor of the Science Club. Dr. Wilson has done extensive research on the effects that drugs have on the brain, learning, and memory. During Red Ribbon Week she has shown elementary students the physical effect they have on the brains of animals. Wilson received her B.S., M.S. and PhD from Washington State University.
Discussion Moderated by Steven Doherty*
Regenerative Agriculture or Bust!*
What are our ethical and moral responsibilities to the soil?
Jon Stika Jon Stika is a retired soil scientist and soil health instructor with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service and is currently a part-time professional at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center, free-lance writer, environmental consultant, and head brewer at Phat Fish Brewing Company LLC in Dickinson, North Dakota. Jon is the author of “A Soil Owner’s Manual: How To Restore and Maintain Soil Health” published in April of 2016. The book draws on Jon’s lifelong experience with the soil as a farmer, dairyman, integrated pest management specialist, gardener, soil scientist, agronomist, horticulturist, and soil health instructor to help folks understand how the soil operates as a living system. He is the 2014 recipient of the Legacy of Conservation Award from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2014 United States Zero Till Non-Farmer of the Year Award winner from the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association, 2002 & 2014 Professional Award winner from the North Dakota Association of Soil Conservation Districts and 2006 Fellow Award winner from the Soil & Water Conservation Society for his work in writing and teaching about soil health.
Brittany Hirth Brittany Hirth is an assistant professor in the Language and Literature department at Dickinson State University where she teaches twentieth century and contemporary American literature and writing courses. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Rhode Island (RI) and an M.A. in English from Central Connecticut State University (CT). She has published articles on the fiction of Philip Roth, Jonathan Safran Foer, and Anthony Swofford, and personal interviews with Tim O’Brien.
Gavin Hurley Gavin F. Hurley has taught writing, rhetoric, and communication for 10 years. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Providence (Great Falls, MT) where he teaches introductory composition, advanced persuasive writing, and writing strategies. He earned his Ph.D. in Writing and Rhetoric from University of Rhode Island (RI) and an M.A. in the Writing Arts from Rowan University (NJ). He publishes on the rhetorical arts for academic journals, essay collections, magazines, and online platforms. In 2018, he published his book The Playbook of Persuasive Reasoning with Vernon Press.
Dr. Frank Varney earned his undergraduate degree at William Paterson University and his MA and Ph.D. at Cornell University. He regularly takes student groups to historic sites - especially Civil War battlefields - and makes frequent speaking appearances before Civil War roundtables, historical societies, and other interested groups; he has also been the keynote speaker at several veterans’ memorial dedications, and has made numerous radio and TV appearances. He is an Associate Professor of US and Classical History at Dickinson State University of North Dakota, where he has been the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Member Award (voted by students) and of the Distinguished Professor Award. He is the author of General Grant and the Rewriting of History, published by Savas-Beatie, 2013 – which was a finalist for the prestigious Albert Castel award. A second volume will be in print soon.
*Steven Doherty Dr. Steven Doherty is a Professor of Political Science and Social Science Department Chair at Dickinson State University. He received his doctorate in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. His research interests and publications include the impact of energy development on political behavior in boomtown communities, minority group voting behavior, and the political career of Theodore Roosevelt.
Discussion Moderated by Paul Amberg
Paul Amberg moved to North Dakota at age 6 and graduated from Minot High School in 1986. After living in multiple locations around the world, Paul returned home to North Dakota in January of 2014. Paul has completed a B.A. in History and will complete a B.S. in Management in May, both from Minot State University. Paul is currently the Outreach Librarian at the Dickinson Area Public Library and will be pursuing an MLIS.
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented or expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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