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Howe to lecture about imaging and imagining American Indians

South Dakota tribal scholar and Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies director Craig Howe will share insights into how American Indians have been imaged and imagined by themselves and others in literature, film, art and contemporary culture at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Volstorff Ballroom, University Student Union on the South Dakota State University campus, as part of SDSU’s Common Read activities. 

Howe, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and has taught college courses at Oglala Lakota College, the University of Saskatchewan, Washington University, Grinnell College and the University of Michigan.

Howe lives in the Lacreek District of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, near Martin, where he directs CAIRNS, a tribally-controlled research center. 

Additional upcoming Common Read events include:

• “American Indian Health,” by tribal member Don Warne, director of the master’s in public health program at North Dakota State University, which will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory 103.

• The film “Smoke Signals,” a look at contemporary issues facing American Indians which was written by Sherman Alexie, author of this year’s Common Read selection “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Bailey Rotunda D.

• “Tribal Land-Grant Colleges and American Indian Agriculture” will be the topic of Phil Baird, a Sicangu Lakota from Rosbud, SDSU Distinguished Alumni and academic vice president of United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, N.D., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Room 0043 of the Avera Health and Science Center.

• The Hunger Banquet and Community Night will offer information about work with young people on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation, news about local agencies and service opportunities and a meal based on world food distribution starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in the Volstorff Ballroom.

Common Read events are free and open to the public, with the exception of the Hunger Banquet that requires a $2 admission.