In the News: C-SPAN Features Center for Western Studies, AU Professor

Dr. Harry Thompson talks with C-SPAN.

In an effort to bring its programming to communities nationwide, C-SPAN selects cities to visit for its C-SPAN Cities Tour. Once there, C-SPAN interviews local figures and stops by area sites to learn about the people and places that make up the fabric of a city. 

The Center for Western Studies and an Augustana professor were among those recently featured by C-SPAN during its visit to Sioux Falls earlier this fall. 

'Voices of the Northern Plains' Exhibit

Dr. Harry Thompson, executive director of the Center for Western Studies, gave a tour of the “Voices of the Northern Plains” exhibit. The exhibit tells the stories of both American Indians and white immigrants who have called the region home.

Watch the interview with Dr. Thompson.


'Little Business on the Prairie'

Dr. Robert Wright, Nef family chair of political economy, discusses his book, "Little Business on the Prairie," published by the Center for Western Studies. South Dakota was recently ranked a top state for business in America, yet many Native American reservation counties are considered the poorest in country.

Watch the interview with Dr. Wright.


'Outlaw Dakota'

Author Wayne Fanebust talked about his book "Outlaw Dakota," published by the Center for Western Studies. The book tells the story of Judge Shannon, the man sent by President Grant to tame the frontier and help form a young United States.

Watch the interview with Fanebust.


The Center for Western Studies has operated a publishing program for nearly 40 years. In that time, the Center has produced 80 titles and today is the only continuously operating academic press in South Dakota.