Freeman Chautauqua programs feature diverse group of experts | News

Fifteen programs featuring a variety of topics, from refugee resettlement to biotechnology to bees and beekeeping, will be at the heart of Freeman Chautauqua 2017 being held at the Freeman Prairie Arboretum this week Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 27-29.

In addition to the programs — five of them each day on the hour from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. — there will be family-friendly activities like kite-flying, drones and pioneer games, also on the grounds of the arboretum. Vendors selling concessions and other products will also be on hand.

The programs and nearly all the activities will be free.

Here is the schedule of programming and a description about what to expect.


1 p.m. – Summer and Cultural Tourism: Presentation/discussion on summer as a time to increase tourism to the community with a focus on bus tours and what we can do to structure events/activities which might be of interest to tour operators. Dr. John Koch, Freeman Education and Research, and representatives of the tour bus industry – Roger and Karen Bouwman, R & K Tours, Inwood, Iowa. Also a quick update on the Freeman Performing Arts Center project.

2 p.m. – Fraud: Learn how to spot con artists’ latest tricks and protect your identity with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is working to empower you to protect yourself from fraud and scams. Vigilance against scammers is our number one weapon – by taking a few practical steps, you have the power to protect yourself and your family and stop fraud before it happens! Open to all ages. AARP Fraud Watch Network – Bill and Cathy Zubke, AARP Volunteer Fraud Fighters – Watertown.

3 p.m. – Refugee Resettlement Challenges and Practices in South Dakota: The title says it all. Come and learn the facts on refugees coming to South Dakota and the services/processes relating to them. Kristyne Duffy, Center for New Americans, Lutheran Social Services. 

4 p.m. – Dakota Rising Rural Roadshow: A presentation for businesses and entrepreneurs to hear about successful small community businesses and development efforts and the Dakota Rising Fellows Program. Kelsey Doom, Economic Development Coordinator, Wagner.


1 p.m. – Community-wide Arts/Heritage Coordination and its role in Community Sustainability: Local arts agencies promote, support, and develop the arts at the local level ensuring a vital presence for the arts throughout communities. LAAs are diverse in their makeup, but each LAA works to sustain the health and vitality of the arts and artists locally, while also striving to make the arts accessible to all members of a community. LAAs are unique to the community they serve and evolve within the community. This discussion, led by Rebecca Cruse, Deputy Director of the South Dakota Arts Council will help our community explore our strengths and opportunities for forming the most fitting type of local arts agency and look at effective public policy options to position an LAA for a high return on investment.

2 p.m. – Biotechnology in Our Present and Future: New technologies which will impact health and your future. An opportunity to hear perspectives on emerging technology from a true leader of this industry sector. Eddie Sullivan is President/CEO – SAB Biotherapeutics, on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Biology Industry Organization (BIO) in Washington, DC, founded and is Past-President of the South Dakota affiliate of BIO, is a Board Member and Treasurer of the newly formed USD Discovery District, chairs the South Dakota National Science Foundation EPSCoR Committee and is a member of the South Dakota Research Commercialization Council.

3 p.m. – Judicial Voices Oral History Project: Focused on the presenter’s extensive interviews and personal associations with South Dakota’s Supreme Court Justices.  Dr. John Glover, Black Hills State University professor and former senior administrator with the USD School of Law. 

4 p.m. – DLR Job Services: Essential for Your Workforce Success: In this presentation, the Department of Labor and Regulation’s Yankton Manager Lacey Johnson will highlight some of the essential services you should take advantage of, many specific to recruitment and retention. Learn about the enhanced SDWORKS jobs database, Dakota Roots efforts, apprenticeship and training opportunities, soft skills workshops, and more. 


1 p.m. – Bees and Beekeeping: An introduction to the role of bees in agricultural systems and the rudiments of beekeeping. Edwin Smith, Homestead Orchard

2 p.m. – Fake News: A panel of professional journalists shares perspectives on the challenges presented by “fake news” for our society and journalism. The panel includes: Dave Bordewyk, Executive Director of South Dakota Newspaper Association; Jonathan Ellis, Argus Leader Media; Teri Finneman, SDSU Journalism professor; Cara Hetland, SD Public Radio News Director; Karen Sherman, KELO TV strategic content manager; Jeremy Waltner, Freeman Courier. (It is anticipated that this discussion/presentation will go beyond an hour.)

3 p.m. – New Neighbors: A diverse panel of people who have recently moved to the Freeman area share their stories, joys, challenges and experiences. Panelists are: Erin Lachman, Sadaf Cassim and Sharon Waltner.

4 p.m. – So You Want to Write a Book: In this talk, Laura Gray will share the basics of getting into the publishing game. As an editor and now course developer for Hay House Publishing, Laura has worked with dozens of top-selling authors to craft their material. She has also reviewed — and rejected— hundreds of proposals. Come learn why, and what you can do about it.

Freeman Chautauqua 2017 is being presented by Freeman Education And Research with support from the following sponsors: Freeman Community Foundation, Freeman Community Development Corporation, the “Faith in Public Life” grant program and the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant.

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