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Common Read Events

The Common Read Committee has a number of events scheduled surrounding this year's Common Read, There There, by Tommy Orange. Please join us in thanking this year's 2020 Common Read event sponsors: American Indian Student Association, American Indian Student Center, American Indian Studies, Briggs Library, Brookings Human Rights Commission, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Honors Griffith Forum Lecture Endowment, Multicultural Center, South Dakota Humanities Council, University Program Council, Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College and the Wokini Initiative.

September 3 - American Indian Student Center Virtual Open House

1-3 p.m. Take a virtual tour and Q&A of the new American Indian Student Center.

Watch the virtual tour

September 8 - Campus and Community Kickoff

September 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Volstorff Ballroom, SDSU Campus and virtual. 

An introduction of There There and selected themes: truth, healing, exploration, relationships and empowerment.

Watch the kickoff via Zoom

September 14 - #MyCommunityMyStory: A PhotoVoice Project

1-2 p.m., Virtual Live Presentation

September 14-19, Campus and Community Submissions. In this week long, all-virtual event, project leaders Dr. Jennifer Anderson and Sofiya Zybaylova will share their experience with providing media technology and storytelling skills to Indigenous high school students. Participants will have opportunities to create and share their own PhotoVoice stories throughout the week.

Watch the presentation via Zoom

September 17 - Dakota Daughters: Wounded Knee 1890, Three Women, Three Lives, Three Cultures

6:30 p.m., Dakota Pioneer Park (6th Street and 1st Avenue) and virtual on Brookings Public Library Facebook page.

Actresses Lillian Witt, Geraldine Goes in Center and Joyce Jefferson will present three monologues representing the perspective of women from the Native American, African-American and Euro-American cultures. Each tells their account of events leading up to Wounded Knee. No seating provided; please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

October 2-4 - South Dakota Festival of Books

Times and locations vary.

Please check the South Dakota Festival of Books site for complete details. This annual event features a lineup of at least 10 indigenous writers from a variety of genres.

October 5 - Common Read Student Panel

7-8 p.m., virtual. 

Indigenous students at SDSU share their perspectives on what it means to be American Indian.

Student Panel Recorded event link

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October 12 - Indigenous Social Justice Movements: A Panel Discussion

12-1:30 p.m., virtual. 

American Indian Student Center, American Indian Studies and Wokini staff discuss critical social justice movements in Indian country.

Watch the panel discussion via Zoom

October 19 - CommUNITY Event: More Than What You See - Defining My Own Cultural Identity

2-3:30 p.m., American Indian Student Center and virtual. 

Dyami Thomas shares his experience as an American Indian model, actor and suicide prevention specialist who empowers youth to use their culture to define their identity. Watch recorded Zoom session

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October 20 - Hendrickson-Cheever Lecture: An Indigenous Intervention - Method, Truth and Power of Community

7-8:30 p.m., Virtual - will be streamed live through the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center's Facebook page.

Through four interconnected narrative arcs, Dr. Mark Freeland explores how Indigenous thought is methodologically consistent with a liberal arts tradition and how this can provide a useful critique of the role that power has on the acquisition of truth. Watch recorded stream via Facebook.

October 22 - Writing as Reflection

7-8:30 p.m., virtual. 

Through guided journaling, participants will explore self and others as a means of discovery and expression. Participate in the event via Zoom

November 3 - Film Screening: More Than a Word

6 p.m., virtual. 

Participants will have the opportunity to view this powerful documentary around Native American mascots. Screen the film via Zoom

November 7 - Film Screening: Reel Injun - On the Trail of the Hollywood Indian

10 a.m. - noon, Brookings Cinema 8 (219 6th Street). 

Participants will have the opportunity to view this documentary about the evolution of the depiction of First Nations in film, from the silent era to today.

November 10 - A Conversation with Anishinaabe Artist, Keitha Keeshig-Tobias

11 a.m. - noon, virtual. 

Keitha Keeshig-Tobias is an artist from Neyaashinigmiing Chippewa of Nawash Unceded First Nations and the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown. She is inspired by images, icons and emblems of the Indigenous culture and uses are to depict her emotions relating to family, history and current affairs. Zoom Meeting ID: 93313968353 Check out recorded Zoom session

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November 11 - Bias in the Brain: Insights from the Psychological Science of Prejudice

6-7 p.m., virtual. 

Social cognitive research indicates that we automatically classify the race, sex and age of the ultimate social stimulus, the face, in less than a second. But what happens next? Dr. Pirita See will demonstrate how our minds perceive, remember, interpret and express information about individuals with varied social backgrounds. Watch recorded presentation

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November 17 - Griffith Honors Forum Lecture: Tommy Orange, Author of There There

7-8:30 p.m., virtual. 

There There tells the story of 12 characters from Native communities, all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow and all connected in ways not yet realized. Orange explores the complex and historically charged question of what is means to be an American Indian in contemporary, urban America. Zoom registration link to lecture