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LaPier

“Why Write?”

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Department of History – Colloquium
Location
Room 62, Krannert Art Museum Auditorium
Date
Feb 23, 2022   3:30 pm  
Speaker
Professor Rosalyn LaPier, University of Montana
Cost
Free and Open to the Public
Views
20
Originating Calendar
American Indian Studies Program

Professor Rosalyn LaPier
Associate Professor
Environmental Studies
University of Montana

Professor LaPier will discuss why there is no better time in history for Indigenous people to be telling and writing their own stories. Her grandmother and community elders encouraged her to document and write down their knowledge and history. They recognized that although they only recently began speaking and writing in the English language – it had power. With their encouragement, writing became a way, as poet laureate Joy Harjo stated, to “reinvent the enemy’s language,” and to give new life to long told histories.

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