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Expert in American Indian studies to lead campus workshop

RELEASED: Feb. 10, 2011

Dr. Debbie Reese
Dr. Debbie Reese
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EAU CLAIRE — An expert in American Indian studies will conduct a lecture and workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Feb. 25.

Dr. Debbie Reese, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois will lecture from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and lead the workshop "Teaching Children About American Indians" from 1-3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by Feb. 18.

Participants will learn about criteria that can help them select educationally sound materials for use in the classroom. The focus is to avoid teaching stereotypical and biased images of American Indians and to explore the hidden curriculum and how it affects Native and non-Native learners.

Reese is an enrolled member of the Nambé Pueblo Tribe and is currently working on a book titled "Indians as Artifacts: How Images of Indians are used to Nationalize America's Youth" and a searchable database of children's books by and about Native Americans. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in print and online academic journals as well as in publications used by teachers and librarians who work with children.

The event is sponsored by Academic Affairs, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Affirmative Action, American Indian studies and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Those interested should contact Hannah Moen at moenhj@uwec.edu or 715-836-4565 by Feb. 18.

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