Monday October 13, 2014

A Native Voice

The University of Dayton Speaker Series will bring a celebrated Native American author, poet and filmmaker to campus to keynote the annual Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium.

Sherman Alexie will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. Alexie won the National Book Award for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and the PEN/Faulkner Award for War Dances, a book of short stories. The talk is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow his talk.

Alexie is a Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Indian, who was raised in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. In addition to an extensive body of published work, he is the writer and co-producer of the 2014 film Smoke Signals.

The University's annual colloquium Nov. 9-10 will address issues of Native American identity and representation, with lectures, discussions, music, storytelling and multimedia presentations. 

Sessions include drum-making, a discussion of the image of Tonto in American film, a Native blessing ceremony, and a panel examining the use of Native Americans as mascots for sports teams including the Cleveland Indians as well as Miami University's experience in changing from the Redskins to the Redhawks.

Films exploring social and economic aspects of modern Native American culture will be presented on campus during the fall semester. All showings are at 8 p.m. in ArtStreet Studio B and are free and open to the public: Smoke Signals, Friday, Oct. 24; The Business of Fancydancing, Friday, Nov. 7; and Skins, Dec. 5.

For a schedule of colloquium sessions and more on Sherman Alexie, visit

Parking is available in B and C lots only. Parking in any other campus lot requires a permit. For additional information or special accommodations, please contact the office of the provost at 937-229-2245. 

For more information on Alexie's talk, contact Andrea Wade, academic events coordinator, at For more on the colloquium, contact Thomas Morgan at 937-229-3456 or

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