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Writer/storyteller to discuss American Indian literary traditions April 19

RELEASED: April 14, 2011

Dr. Joseph Bruchac

EAU CLAIRE — Storyteller and writer Dr. Joseph Bruchac will present "American Indian Literary Traditions: English and Indigenous Languages" as part of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's American Indian Studies/Music/Education Studies Speaker Series at 6:30 p.m. April 19 in Room 101 of Hibbard Humanities Hall.

Bruchac's work often reflects his Abenaki Indian ancestry and his lifelong interest in American Indian history and culture. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, a master's degree from Syracuse University and a doctorate from the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Bruchac, the author of more than 120 books, also is the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas. His poems, stories and essays have appeared in hundreds of publications, including the American Poetry Review and National Geographic.

Bruchac also will give two class presentations that are open to the public. He will speak from 9:30-10:45 a.m. April 19 in Room 323 of Hibbard Hall to an "Introduction to Literature of the American Indian" American Indian studies/English class and from 1-2:15 p.m. in Room 106 of Campus School to a "Social Foundations: Human Relations" education studies class.

The event is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action, American Indian studies and the education studies department at UW-Eau Claire.

Those planning to attend any of Bruchac's presentations should RSVP by April 18 to Hannah Moen at moenhi@uwec.edu. For more information, contact Moen by e-mail or phone at 715-836-4565.

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