Monday, September 13, 2010

Native American author, filmmaker to speak Sept. 14 in Rozsa

HOUGHTON -- Sherman Alexie, the author of the book that was featured in this year's Reading as Inquiry project for Michigan Tech first-year students, will speak from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Rozsa Center. The public is welcome.

Alexie's presentation is, "Without Reservations: An Urban Indian's Comic, Poetic, and Highly Irreverent Look at the World."

Alexie is a poet, novelist and filmmaker who received the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award. His book titled The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian is based on his own experiences and tells the story of a Native American teen who transfers from the reservation school to a wealthy, white school in a nearby town.

In the Reading as Inquiry project, first-year students read Alexie's book over the summer and discussed it during Orientation. The purpose of the program is to introduce students to college-level reading, inquiry and discussion.

Editor's Note: For more details on the Reading as Inquiry program and Alexie's book, see Keweenaw Now guest author Samantha Stauch's Aug. 22 article "Michigan Tech’s Reading as Inquiry Program creates community connections."

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