American Indian Studies

Southeast Indian Studies Conference

Eleventh Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 16-17, 2015
University Center Annex

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

LeAnne Howe

LeAnne Howe writes fiction, poetry, screenplays, scholarship, and plays that deal with Native experiences.  An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her first novel Shell Shaker, Aunt Lute Books, 2001 received an American Book Award in 2002 from the Before Columbus Foundation. The French translation Equinoxes Rouge was the 2004 finalist for Prix Medici Estranger, one of France's top literary awards.  Evidence of Red, Salt Publishing, UK, 2005 won the Oklahoma Book Award for poetry in 2006. Howe’s second novel, Miko KingsAn Indian Baseball Story, Aunt Lute Books, 2007 was chosen by Hampton University in Virginia as their 2009-2010 Read-in Selection.

Her most recent books released in 2013 are Seeing Red, Pixeled Skins: American Indians and Film, MSUP Press, co-authored with Harvey Markowitz and Denise Cummings; and, Choctalking on Other RealitiesNew and Selected StoriesA Memoir, Aunt Lute Books.

Her recent awards include: the 2012 USA Artist Ford Fellowship, a $50,000 grant from United States Artists, a not for profit organization.  Howe joins a class of 2012 awardees that includes Annie Proulx, Coco Fusco, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, David Henry Hwang, Edgar Heap of Birds, Adrienne Kennedy, and many others.  http://www.usafellows.org/fellow/leanne_howe

In 2012 she was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas http://www.wordcraftcircle.org/featured. 2011 she was awarded the 2011 Tulsa Library Trust’s “American Indian Author Award” at Central Library in Tulsa, OK.

Howe was a 2010-2011 J. William Fulbright Scholar at the University of Jordan, Amman.  Her new novel-in-progress, Memoir of a Choctaw in the Arab Revolts 1917 & 2011 is set in Bilaad ash Sham, and Allen, Oklahoma. 

She makes her homes in Ada, Oklahoma, Amman, Jordan, and Athens, Georgia where she is currently the Eidson Distinguished Chair, in English at the University of Georgia.

View Video about LeAnne Howe: http://www.turtle-island.com/howe/howe_why_I_write_fin_SD_YT.mp4

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