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Indian Country Conversations presents Oregon Poet Laureate, Elizabeth Woody at Willamette U. in #SalemOR – Mar. 9th

img_1923Indian Country Conversations brings Native and indigenous voices to campus

Jarvis Kennedy and Elizabeth Woody will present as part of the series’ spring events.

Thursday, March 9th starting at 7:00 PM

Willamette University | Rogers Music Center | Hudson Concert Hall

Willamette’s Native American Programs will bring two speakers to campus this spring as part of the university’s Indian Country Conversation Series.

1st Event is past: Burns Paiute Tribal Councilman Jarvis Kennedy shared his perspective on the January 2016 armed occupation of Eastern Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge on February 16th in the University Center’s Alumni Lounge.

Acclaimed author Elizabeth Woody will speak at 7 p.m. March 9 in Rogers Music Center’s Hudson Concert Hall. Woody is currently serving a two year term as Oregon’s Poet Laureate. An enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs in Oregon, of Yakama Nation descent, she is “born for” the Tódích’íinii (Bitter Water clan) of the Navajo Nation.

Woody’s first book of poetry, “Hand Into Stone,” received a 1990 American Book Award. Her second and third collections, published in 1994, are “Luminaries of the Humble,” by the University of Arizona Press, and “Seven Hands, Seven Hearts, Prose and Poetry” by The Eighth Mountain Press. Woody also writes short fiction and essays and is a visual artist. She serves on the board of directors of Soapstone: Celebrating Women Writers and as a member of Willamette’s Native American Advisory Council.

The Indian Country Conversations series originated in 2005, following a Ceremony of Renewal with regional tribes to acknowledge Willamette’s Indian mission legacy and begin a new chapter in the mutual history of Oregon’s tribal communities and the university. At the ceremony, then President M. Lee Pelton announced the establishment of a lecture series to bring guests from Indian country to the campus and the broader Willamette Valley for dialogue, teaching and learning.

Free and open to the public

Willamette Events Page

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