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Osage Nation scholar to present lecture Feb. 27at WKU

SCHEDULE CHANGE: Due to weather in North Carolina, this lecture has been rescheduled from Feb. 26 to Feb. 27 and will be held in the Downing Student Union’s Cupola Room (behind Fresh Food Company).

Dr. Jean Dennison, a citizen of the Osage Nation and an assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will present Teaching Race and American Indians in the Southern Classroom on Feb. 27 at WKU.speakersseries2015

Dr. Dennison’s lecture about challenges and strategies for teaching about race and indigeneity, especially in the South, is the first event in the WKU Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility’s spring 2015 Social Justice Speaker Series, focusing on the theme of Social Justice & Coalition Building.

The presentation will be held from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Downing Student Union’s Cupola Room with a reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

With major grants from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dr. Dennison’s research reveals the lasting effects of colonialism and the possibilities for indigenous sovereignty. Dr. Dennison’s book Colonial Entanglement: Constituting a Twenty-First Century Osage Nation speaks directly to national revitalization, one of the most pressing issues facing American Indians today and examines the debates about blood, culture, minerals and sovereignty during the 2004-2006 Osage reform process. As American Indians and other indigenous peoples continue the process of rebuilding in the wake of ongoing colonialism, they face a similar set of challenges to their selfhood and governance structure.

Contact: Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsibility, (270) 745-3218

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