Professionals of Color Lecture Series Presents: An Evening with Joy Harjo

Date: November 6, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cook DeWitt Auditorium, Allendale
More Information: http://www.gvsu.edu/oma

Native American Heritage Month
LIB 100 & LIB 201 Approved

Speaker Bio: Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry, which includes such well-known titles as How We Became Human- New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses have garnered many awards.  These include the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. For A Girl Becoming, a young adult/coming of age book, was released in 2009 and is Harjo’s most recent publication.

She has released four award-winning CD's of original music and in 2009 won a Native American Music Award (NAMMY) for Best Female Artist of the Year for Winding Through the Milky Way. Her most recent CD release is a traditional flute album: Red Dreams, A Trail Beyond Tears. She performs nationally and internationally with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She also performs her one-woman show, Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light, which premiered at the Wells Fargo Theater in Los Angeles in 2009 with recent performances at the Public Theater in NYC and La Jolla Playhouse as part of the Native Voices at the Autry. She has received a Rasmusson US Artists Fellowship and is a founding board member of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation. Harjo writes a column “Comings and Goings” for her tribal newspaper, the Muscogee Nation News. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Connections to the Classroom
LIB 100/201 Approved

Learning Outcomes:

Personal and Social Responsibility: (LIB100)
1.  Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to discuss how Native Americans are connected to the environment through their history and spirituality. (Integrative Learning)

Awareness and Knowledge of Communities and Identities Different from One’s Own: (LIB 201)
2. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to describe various aspects of Native American culture, spirituality, ritual and tradition.  (Intercultural Knowledge and Competence)

Knowledge and Examination of Structures and Systems that Impact Diverse Populations: (LIB 201)
3. Upon completion of this program, attendees will be able to analyze the history of Native American communities and how it impacts social factors for Native families today.  (Critical Thinking)