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SDSU Indigenous students to present at Festival of Books

South Dakota State University students participating in a creative project exploring the relationship between indigeneity, identity and resilience will share their Indigenous experiences during a session of the South Dakota Festival of Books Friday.

The free presentation is 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. in Founders Recital Hall at the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the SDSU campus.

In Friday’s Festival of the Books presentation,  students will reflect on their creative process, their discovery throughout that process, and present/perform parts of their works-in-progress, according to project organizers Amber Jensen, a lecturer in the School of English and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Karla Hunter, a professor in the School of Communication and Journalism.

The students will present their project in November as part of a student showcase at the Indigenous Caucus of the National Communication Association annual meeting in New Orleans. The project and travel are supported by The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, an SDSU Wokini Challenge grant and the SDSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Wokini grant is part of SDSU’s Wokini Initiative, a collaborative and holistic framework designed to support American Indian student success and Indigenous Nation-building, which includes scholarship support for students.