Diversity at Reed

Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series

Vine Deloria Jr.

Vine Deloria Jr., a preeminent intellectual of the 20th century, brought attention to the importance of place and traditions within Native American communities. He was the author of more than 20 works and was an active leader for numerous Native American institutions. After Deloria died in 2005, Reed students, faculty, and staff created the Vine Deloria Jr. lecture series to honor his memory. Inaugurated in 2007, the series recognizes the work of Native American scholars whose intellectual pursuits reflect the spirit and commitment of Deloria.

Jodi A. Byrd: "Eyes That Can Never Close: Colonial Agnosia and the Mnemonics of Refusal"

Wednesday, October 26, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Vollum Lecture Hall

Reception and book signing to follow in Vollum Lounge.

Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an associate professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her work has been published in journals including American Indian QuarterlyCultural Studies ReviewInterventionsCollege LiteratureJ19, and American Quarterly. Her book, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minnesota, 2011) won the 2013 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Award for best first book. Her next project, Indigenomicon: American Indians, Videogames, and the Structures of Genre, delves into the literary and digital realms of play to think further about how the colonization of American Indians continues to inform imaginary terrains.

This lecture is free and open to the public. A public reception and book signing will follow immediately after the lecture. Byrd's book, Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, will be available and limited on a first come, first serve basis. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.