The Native American Speaker Series at UNC Pembroke presents Dr. Brenda J. Child on Tuesday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building.
The event is free and open to the public.
A member of the Ojibwe Tribe and an expert on American Indian boarding schools in the early 20th century, Dr. Child is an associate professor in the Department of American Studies at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa and was a Katrin Lamon Fellow at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, N.M.
Dr. Child’s book, “Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940” (University of Nebraska, 1998), won the North American Indian Prose Award. Dr. Child was a consultant to the exhibit, “Remembering Our Indian School Days” at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and co-author of the book that accompanied the exhibit, “Away From Home” (Heard, 2000).
Her newest book is “Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community” (Viking/Penguin, 2012). A board member of the Minnesota Historical Society, she will join the Board of Trustees of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian in 2013.
At the University of Minnesota, she was a recipient of the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service and served as chair of the Department of American Indian Studies (2009-12).
She is part of a research group that developed a new digital humanities project, the Ojibwe People’s Dictionary, which launched as a website in 2012. Dr. Child was born on the Red Lake Ojibwe Reservation in northern Minnesota where she is a citizen. She resides with her family in Saint Paul and Bemidji, Minnesota.
Next speaker on the Native Speaker Series is Dr. Kahente Horn-Miller, a Ph.D. in humanities who is currently the coordinator for the Kahnawa:ke Tribes Legislative Commission. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 in the Native American Resource Center in Old Main.
The series is sponsored by UNCP’s Department of American Indian Studies, Native American Resource Center, and the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Child's books will be available for purchase and for her to sign at the event.
For more information, please contact the Department of American Indian Studies at 910.521.6266 or email Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs at email@example.com.
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