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from the University of South Dakota

Welcome to Credit Hour, a weekly, thought-provoking conversation with the brightest minds from the University of South Dakota. They get the credit – we ask the questions. This is Credit Hour.
Latest Episode7/30/2020

VOICES AMPLIFIED | Indigenous Representation Through Art

Season 4, Ep. 4
Vermillion, S.D. – The University of South Dakota podcast Credit Hour interviewed artist Reyna Hernandez, ‘16 B.A., B.F.A., about Indigenous representation in media and public spaces as part of its series “Voices Amplified.”“What happens a lot when we talk about issues affecting and impacting marginalized groups of people, those in the dominant culture tend to feel attacked, and that really shuts down conversations,” said Hernandez, a member of the Yankton-Sioux Tribe. “I wanted to talk about these issues in a way that’s disarming, and I think that’s where art plays a huge role. It abstracts language in a way where we can have these conversations without putting someone on the defense. I think that’s a really meaningful way to talk about these issues.”Hernandez discussed a mural project she led that was completed in Vermillion this summer and how public art can help break down class and racial barriers.“Public art matters because of how accessible it is. It doesn’t feel reserved for any person, race or class. It’s there for anyone to visit, for anyone to see,” said Hernandez. “Art is supposed to create these conversations to help us see one another and help us empathize and connect with one another on a really basic human level. That’s not going to happen if people don’t feel welcome in these spaces.”Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts andwww.usd.edu/podcast.
7/23/2020

VOICES AMPLIFIED | The Nexus of Law & Criminal Justice Reform

Season 4, Ep. 3
The University of South Dakota’s podcast Credit Hour welcomed USD School of Law dean Neil Fulton to discuss the legal dimensions of systemic racism, social justice and criminal justice reform as part of its series “Voices Amplified.” “To address these problems, we have to understand, identify and engage with our differences, and then seek out points of commonality. That requires having difficult conversations in a patient way,” said Fulton. “None of us are really built to do that without working at it. Higher education can help us be prepared to do that.” Fulton discussed the legal aspects of criminal justice reform efforts like removing qualified immunity and defunding the police as well as the ways higher education can address issues like systemic racism. “I think particularly here in South Dakota it’s so important because coming to a college campus may be the first time where a lot of students have a sustained encounter with someone who isn’t like them, that doesn’t look like them, who isn’t of the same race or who doesn’t have the same socioeconomic background,” said Fulton. “This can be one of the first places where we have the sustained opportunity to have those conversations and build up both the skills and inclinations to attack these problems.” Credit Hour is the University of South Dakota’s podcast highlighting the achievement, research and scholarship of its staff, students, alumni and faculty. Follow Credit Hour on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and www.usd.edu/podcast.