MAILED: Sept. 17, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- An address on American Indian law, life, culture and art by legal historian Rennard Strickland will open the 56th season of The Forum lecture series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Monday, Oct. 13.
Strickland, a scholar of Osage and Cherokee heritage who is currently dean and professor of law at Oklahoma City University School of Law, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium. A question-and-answer session and a reception in honor of Strickland and the UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies Program will follow his presentation.
The author and editor of more than 35 books, Strickland is frequently cited by courts and scholars for his work as editor-in-chief of the revision of Felix Cohen's definitive treatise "The Handbook of Federal Indian Law." He chaired the original Law School Admissions Council's Minority Enrollment Task Force which secured a revolving fund of $1.2 million to support law school minority recruitment efforts.
Strickland is a pioneer in introducing Indian law into the university curriculum, and received the Society of American Law Teachers Award for distinguished contribution to legal education and law reform. He taught one of the first courses in Native American Indian law offered for credit at an American law school, and has continued to teach classes and seminars of American Indian law and policy for almost three decades. He was the founding director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy at the University of Oklahoma, and has taught American Indian law at UW-Madison, Southern Illinois University, the University of Tulsa, the University of New Mexico, the University of Florida, the University of Kansas and the Harvard Law School.
Strickland has been actively involved in the resolution of a number of significant Indian issues and cases. He chaired the Osage Constitutional Commission which drafted the Osage National Constitution recently approved by a vote of more the 65 percent of the tribal electorate. At the request of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs, Strickland chaired a team of three University of Wisconsin Law School specialists who drafted a report on the fishing rights controversy that helped to peacefully resolve a hostile conflict. He served as the tribal expert in the Creek Nation gaming case, and has worked with tribes and museums in resolving conflicts over skeletal remains and sacred objects.
Art collector and curator, filmmaker and biographer, Strickland received the Outstanding Achievement Award for First Americans of the American Indian Heritage Center in 1995, for his work in integrating the study and understanding of law and Native American culture.
Tickets are $7 for the public; $5 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $3 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Forum season subscriptions remain on sale at the Service Center. Descriptions of the other four Forum presentations follow:
- Michael Moore, political satirist, author, filmmaker ("Roger and Me") and television personality ("TV Nation"), with a witty and pointed commentary on contemporary American politics; Tuesday, Nov. 25, Zorn Arena.
- Richard Dawkins, who holds Oxford University's Chair for the Public Understanding of Science, on the role of DNA in the evolution of life; Friday, March 6, Schofield Auditorium.
- Anne Lamott, author of the best-selling "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" (1994) and "Crooked Little Heart" (1997), with wise and poignant reflections on the pains and joys of life; Monday, April 6, Schofield Auditorium.
- The third annual Provost's Lecture, featuring UW-Eau Claire professor of music Penelope Cecchini in a lecture/demonstration on the etudes of Chopin; Friday, April 24, Gantner Concert Hall.
The five-event season package is $30 for the public; $20 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $12 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Patrons may purchase season tickets at the Service Center in Davies Center, or charge their season packages to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 -- or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Forum is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 17, 1997