DWU sponsors second lecture in year-long series

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MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University is offering a year-long Lecture Series on topics of contemporary interest.

The second in the series will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Sherman Center on the DWU campus. Darryl Burton, a self-described “Miracle Man,” was wrongly convicted of a St. Louis murder in 1984 near Ferguson, Mo.  He was proven innocent and exonerated in 2008 after serving nearly 25 years in prison.  Burton is associate pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, the largest Methodist church in the U.S. with more than 25,000 members, located in Leawood, Kan.

Burton has co-founded Miracle of Innocence Inc. which is dedicated to seeking justice and comprehensive care for the innocent.  Miracle of Innocence provides legal, investigative, forensic and scientific analysis and referral services for the wrongly convicted, from retrial through exoneration and re-entry back into society.  Their goal is a productive, connected member of the community.

Other speakers in the series this year will include:

  • Tuesday, Mar. 22, Dr. Rachel Lamb, College Park, Md., “People of Faith and Climate Change”*
  • Wednesday, Apr. 13, Harry Boyte, Minneapolis, Minn.: “The Role of Small Colleges in Developing a Healthy Democracy”**

*Carhart Science Lectureship; **Stark Lectureship

All presentations are free and open to the public. Each lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Sherman Center and will also be livestreamed at  All events are subject to necessary COVID protocols as each situation requires. Check the DWU website events calendar or social media for updates.

These events are made possible in part by funds from a Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) Network Across the Academy grant (Community Partnership initiative). Nearly $700,000 in grants were awarded to Council of Independent Colleges member institutions to help campus leaders support vocational exploration and discernment among undergraduate students.