Marshall University’s A.E. Stringer Visiting Writers Series will host a Native American Heritage Month reading event featuring Ojibwe author Dr. David Treuer at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Room 105 of Corbly Hall.
Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of seven books, including Res Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life (2012), Prudence (Riverhead Books, 2015) and The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present (2019), a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award in the Nonfiction category.
According to a review of The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee in the Washington Post, “Treuer is an easy companion: thoughtful, provocative and challenging. He tells a disturbing yet heroic story that may very well be seen as a definition of ‘American exceptionalism.’”
Treuer also has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and the Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California.
The reading is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, the John Deaver Drinko Academy, the Office of the President, the College of Liberal Arts, the Honors College, the President’s Commission on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of History, the Department of English, the Marshall University Native American Student Organization and University Libraries.