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Vine Deloria Jr. Lecture Series


Vine Deloria Jr. was one of the preeminent intellectuals of the 20th century, whose work 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 and staff created the Vine Deloria Jr. lecture series to honor his memory. The series recognizes the work of Native American scholars whose intellectual pursuits reflect the spirit and commitment exhibited by Deloria. This series is a collaborative effort between the multicultural resource center and the office for institutional diversity. The inauguration of this series occurred in fall 2007.


Philip J. Deloria
"Vine Deloria Jr.: Histories, Memories, and Legacies"

The distinguished historian Philip J. Deloria, son of scholar and activist Vine Deloria Jr. (1933–2005), delivers the inaugural lecture. Philip Deloria (Ph.D., American Studies, Yale University), has chaired the program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, and is president-elect of the American Studies Association. He is author of Indians in Unexpected Places (University Press of Kansas, 2004) and Playing Indian (Yale University Press, 1998).

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Philip J. Deloria
"Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice"

"Back Down to the Crossroads: Integrative American Studies in Theory and Practice"  commemorates the 40th anniversary of the American Studies program at Reed College.