“Reimagining Rural,” lecture on change in rural settings

  • on 8 Mar 2012
  • Convocation Hall
jim beddow

Dr. James Beddow, with South Dakota’s Rural Learning Center, will discuss the compelling need for change in rural settings, and the opportunity to effect it by “reimagining rural.” The story of Miner County, SD, and the emergence of the Rural Learning Center can provide hope, inspiration, and motivation for rural leaders who seek to transform their places.

At the heart of this story is the reality that amazing things can transpire through deep conversations, partnerships, and meaningful engagement. The Sewanee region includes a remarkable and unique set of assets. Nurturing and developing transformational leadership in this place would offer the potential to “reimagine” this region’s future.

The evening lecture will include dinner.

Jim Beddow is a product of small town South Dakota. He grew up observing his father, an implement dealer, investing deeply in his community as mayor and civic leader. Beddow’s professional journey took him to the University of Oklahoma for a doctorate in rural history and an assortment of teaching and administrative assignments ending with a 13-year presidency at Dakota Wesleyan University. He worked extensively with small communities as university president and as president of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society Foundation. His engagement with rural community development professionals led to the founding in 2002 of the Rural Learning Center, where Beddow now serves as a senior consultant.