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American Indian Studies Program

Excellence Fund

American Indian Studies is a distinguished recipient of funds from the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowment.  Created in 2006 by the Wyoming State Legislature, the endowment brings eminent scholars and educators to Wyoming.

Eminent Artist-in-Residence: Spring 2014

Multidisciplinary artist Bently Spang (Northern Cheyenne) is in residence the entire spring 2014 semester. Spang will teach a class on Native American art; will have a solo exhibition at the UW Art Museum; and will present Tekcno Pow Wow III, a performance art piece combining pow wow, techno and hip hop music, video projection, and multiple dance forms. A grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund will partially sponsor Tekcno Pow Wow III, which will be presented during the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice at UW.

Public Events: Spring 2014

February 1- March 22, UW Art Museum: On Fire

Thursday, February 6, 7 PM, Visual Arts Building 111: Bently Spang Art Talk

Friday, February 7, 10:30 AM, UW Art Museum: Bently Spang Gallery Walk Through

Wednesday, April 2, 7 PM, Wyoming Union Ballroom: Tekcno Pow Wow III, in conjunction with the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice

Writers-in-Residence: Fall 2013

During the fall 2013 semester, American Indian Studies will bring two visiting scholars to campus.

Poet Sherwin Bitsui (Diné) arrives September 1 for a two-month residency, during which he will teach a class on Navajo poetry, give several public readings, and visit UW classes.  Bitsui grew up on the Navajo Indian Reservation and attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the University of Arizona in Tucson.  He is the author of two poetry collections: Flood Song (Copper Canyon, 2009), and Shapeshift (University of Arizona, 2003).  Bitsui’s residency is in partnership with the UW MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Poet and writer Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d’Alene) is the author of, most recently, the story collection Blasphemy (Grove Press, 2012), and received the National Book Award in 2007 for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown, 2007). Alexie will be on campus for a week-long residency in October.  He will give a public lecture and visit UW classes.

Public Events: Fall 2013

Friday, September 13, 7 PM, Union Senate Chambers: Sherwin Bitsui, public reading and book signing. In partnership with the MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Friday, October 11, 7 PM, Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center: Sherwin Bitsui participation in “Listening to Nature.” Co-hosted by the Haub School of Environmental and Natural Resources and the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

Tuesday, October 15, 7 PM, Arts and Sciences Auditorium: Sherman Alexie public lecture.

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