CWS Events & Conferences

Boe Forum on Public Affairs

In 1995, the Center for Western Studies (CWS) introduced the Boe Forum on Public Affairs. Through this lecture series, the CWS and Augustana have hosted many of the world’s most influential leaders. Former South Dakota Gov. Nils A. Boe (1913-92) devised a program whereby residents of South Dakota and neighboring states would be provided access to “singularly knowledgeable” individuals who would address events, issues or problems of “current worldwide or national concern and of broad public interest.” The event is free, non-partisan in its intent and open to students and the general public. 

2023 Boe Forum speaker and event information is coming soon.

Boe Forum

Dakota Conference

Held every April, the Dakota Conference examines issues of contemporary significance to the Northern Plains region in their historical and cultural contexts. The impacts of radio communications and global conflict, health care and health policy, and agriculture and sustainability have been examined in recent years.

Jesse James Dakota Conference

Artists of the Plains

A signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this weekend-long art show is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show of its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the center’s art program and educational exhibits emphasis — one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Artists of the Plains

Frequent and varied events — such as lectures, art shows and workshops — play an active role in the continuing vitality and momentum of the Center for Western Studies.

Upcoming 2022 Events

Date Event Title Place Time
Tuesday, August 2 - Friday, November 18 "Stallions and Mares: Legends of the Plains," a gallery exhibition honoring the regional legacy of the horse CWS Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, October 13 Author talk and book signing with W. Carter Johnson, author of Ecology of Dakota Landscapes: Past, Present, and Future CWS Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. 6-7 p.m.
Friday-Sunday, October 28-30 41st Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Sioux Falls, SD Friday: 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Monday, November 14 Panel presentation on Big Sioux River and Heartland River, with Friends of the Big Sioux River Mikkelson Auditorium (FSC 113), Froiland Science Complex at 2407 S. Summit Ave. 6-7:30 p.m.
Monday, December 5 - Friday, March 24 Gallery exhibition featuring woodworking by Duane Kjelden CWS Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, April 3 - Friday, July 14 "American Ace: Joe Foss, Fighter Pilot," a gallery exhibition featuring illustrations by Hector Curriel CWS Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday-Friday, April 27-28 55th Dakota Conference: The Outlaw Plains CWS Fantle Building at 2121 S. Summit Ave. TBD