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Native Survivance and the Literature of Engagement

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Paul Brest Hall

This event is the 2020 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor Lecture on Public Service and the University.

“Native American survivance is an active sense of historical presence, a renunciation of political dominance, themes of tragedy, and cultural victimry. Native survivance is a literature of engagement.” – Gerald Vizenor

Gerald Vizenor, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is the 2020 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor. The Distinguished Visitor program of the Haas Center for Public Service brings to Stanford prominent individuals whose lives and careers have had significant impact across the nation and globally through distinct public service contributions. Mr. Vizenor is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. He has published more than 30 books, novels, critical theory, cultural studies, and poetry collections. Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity, a collection of essays, and Blue Ravens and Native Tributes, two historical novels about Native Americans who served in World War I in France, are his most recent publications. Mr. Vizenor has received many awards, including the American Book Award for Griever: An American Monkey King in China, and the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

This year's Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor program is cosponsored by the Native American Cultural Center and the Haas Center for Public Service. For more information about Gerald Vizenor's visit, please visit the Haas Center website.

Join us for a reception with Mr. Vizenor at 4:30pm, followed by the lecture from 5:00-6:00pm. Please let us know you will be attending.

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Haas Center for Public Service, Native American Cultural Center
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