Feb. 3, 2004

Contact: Carol Smith, KU Continuing Education, (785) 864-8507.

KU conference to focus on indigenous peoples April 17-19

LAWRENCE -- First Nations tribal members and higher education faculty will gather April 17 through 19 for the Mid-America American Studies Association meeting in Lawrence. The University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University will host the meeting, which will include public events and exhibits.

The goal of the conference, titled "Creating Communities: American Studies, Indigenous Nations Studies and First Nations Peoples," is to encourage dialogue and cooperation among higher education programs in American studies and indigenous nations studies and tribal communities.

Featured presenters will include Gabriel Ayala, a solo classical Native guitarist from Tucson, Ariz.; Terry L. Cross of the Seneca Nation, executive director and founder of the National Indian Child Welfare Association who lives in Portland, Ore.; Sam English, an activist and painter from Albuquerque, N.M., who portrays Native American spirituality; Cornel Pewewardy, a KU associate professor of education and Native flute player and drummer; and E. Donald "Eddie" Two-Rivers, an Ontario Anishinaabe who lives in Wisconsin and is a noted poet in the Chicago area.

April 17 preconference events are free and open to the public. These include a tour of Haskell Indian Nations University, an Indian taco dinner ($5 donation at the door) and a musical performance by Pewewardy and Ayala. On April 18, a keynote speech at 7 p.m. by English in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium and a poetry reading by Two-Rivers at 8 p.m. in the Spencer museum courtyard are free to the public.

Four exhibits will be on display during the conference. At KU: First Nations artists at the Spencer Museum of Art; book and publication displays at the Kansas Union and Watson Library; and First Nations student art at the Kansas Union. At Haskell Indian Nations University: "Honoring Our Children," a permanent exhibit at the Cultural Center at Haskell Indian Nations University.

For full details or to register:

Mail: University of Kansas, Continuing Education, Registrations, 1515 St. Andrews Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047-1625
Phone: Toll free (877) 404-KUCE (5823) or (785) 864-KUCE (5823)
Fax: (785) 864-4871
E-mail: kuce@ku.edu
TDD: (800) 766-3777
Web: www.kuce.org/programs/maasa/

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