University of Rochester

Symposia on Contemporary Native American Issues Scheduled

March 9, 1999

For the fifth year in a row, the University of Rochester is joining other local colleges in sponsoring "Native Voices: Symposia on Contemporary Native American Issues."

The event, which will be held March 24 through 27 at SUNY College at Brockport, provides a forum for Native American professionals and students to present their research and to critically examine issues within their own cultures in an academic setting. It also is an opportunity for Native and non-Native people to learn together.

This year's Symposia features the keynote address by Jim Northrup, a journalist and poet, on "Shinnab Stories, or How I Saved Minnesota;" a concert by singer/songwriter and Grammy nominee Joanne Shenandoah; a reading by author David Treuer from his novel Little; and talks by Native American academics and professionals on the theme "Through Indian Eyes."

There will also be presentations and videos by undergraduate and graduate students, including senior Kristin Dowell, who will be presenting a paper on contemporary Pueblo pottery on Friday morning, March 26.

Besides the University of Rochester and SUNY Brockport, other supporting institutions are Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and St. John Fisher College.

All programs and events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Yvonne Bilinski at the Office of Minority Student Affairs at the University of Rochester at (585) 275-3157.