Thinking Indian: The Urgency of Native Stories in the New Century

Susan Power

Tuesday, 10 Apr 2012 at 7:00 pm – Great Hall, Memorial Union

Author, poet and short story writer Susan Power is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux. A Harvard-trained lawyer, she abandoned a career in law to pursue her interest in creative writing, earning an MFA from the Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her 1995 novel, The Grass Dancer, features a complex plot about four generations of Native Americans. The work received the 1995 PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction. Power is the author of several other books, including the forthcoming Our Lady of a New World. She lives and teaches in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Richard Thompson Memorial Lecture.

This lecture was made possible in part by the generosity of F. Wendell Miller, who left his entire estate jointly to Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Miller, who died in 1995 at age 97, was born in Altoona, Illinois, grew up in Rockwell City, graduated from Grinnell College and Harvard Law School and practiced law in Des Moines and Chicago before returning to Rockwell City to manage his family's farm holdings and to practice law. His will helped to establish the F. Wendell Miller Trust, the annual earnings on which, in part, helped to support this activity.

Cosponsored By:
  • AgArts
  • American Indian Studies
  • Center for American Intercultural Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • LAS Miller Lecture Fund
  • Richard Thompson Memorial Fund
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

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