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Comanche author, curator to speak on American Indian culture, stereotypes

February 14, 2012
 Paul Chaat Smith
Paul Chaat Smith
EAU CLAIRE — Paul Chaat Smith will present "Is Everything I Know About Indians Wrong?" — the second lecture in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Interdisciplinary Conversations Guest Speaker Series — set for Feb. 16 and 17 at various times and campus locations. The lecture will focus on contemporary American Indian culture, the persistence of stereotypes and why it matters.

Smith, a Comanche author, essayist and curator, will present the lecture at the following times and locations:

Feb. 16:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m., Room 303, Schneider Social Sciences Hall.
  • 2-3:15 p.m., Room 265, Phillips Science Hall.
  • 4-5:15 p.m., Room 100, Hibbard Humanities Hall.


Feb. 17:

  • 10-11:30 a.m., Davies Theatre.


Smith joined the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in 2001, where he currently serves as associate curator. He is the author of "Everything You Know about Indians Is Wrong." Smith has created several exhibitions focused on the contemporary landscape of American Indian politics and culture.

The Interdisciplinary Conversations Guest Speaker Series is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire Academic Affairs Professional Development Program, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action office, College of Education and Human Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, American Indian studies program, and departments of education studies and kinesiology.

Smith's presentation is free and open to the public. For more information on the Interdisciplinary Conversations Guest Speaker Series, contact Incho Lee at 715-836-3100 or leei@uwec.edu. Upcoming lectures in the series are included in the online schedule.

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