From Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie to Harjo’s American Sunrise: Words Matter |
This program is one of several events planned as part of The Big Read, a grant program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on The Big Read programs being held throughout East Central Illinois, visit https://library.eiu.edu/bigread.
Big Read Kickoff and Keynote Address
Presented by Dr. Debbie Reese
Sept. 15, 2020, 6:30 p.m., virtual presentation
Free and open to the public
Joy Harjo writes that in 1830 with “the American soldiers at our backs,” her people left their homelands for Indian Territory. Thirty-nine years later, Charles Ingalls took his family — including his two-year-old daughter, Laura — from their cabin in Wisconsin to Indian Territory. In her lecture, Dr. Debbie Reese will talk about the works of these two women and ask that we consider how their words shape what readers know about the place called America and the people that call it home.
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About the presenter:
Tribally enrolled at Nambé Pueblo, a sovereign nation in the state currently known as New Mexico, Dr. Reese’s chapters and articles are used in Education, English, and Library Science courses in the U.S. and Canada. A former schoolteacher and assistant professor, she is widely known for her blog, American Indians in Children’s Literature.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.