Gerald Vizenor To Be Commencement Speaker


On May 13, Gerald Vizenor, of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, will be the commencement speaker at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Vizenor is distinguished professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque and professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Vizenor has written more than 30 books including The People Named the Chippewa: Narrative Histories (University of Minnesota Press, 1984), and Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance (University of Nebraska Press, 1999). His novel Griever: An American Monkey King in China (University of Minnesota Press, 1990) won the American Book Award and got a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western Literature Association.

More recently, his books include Fugitive Poses: Native American Indian Scenes of Absence and Presence (University of Nebraska Press, 1998), and four recent novels: Chancers (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000), Hiroshima Bugi: Atomu 57 (University of Nebraska Press, 2003), Father Meme (University of New Mexico Post, 2008), and Shrouds of White Earth (State University of New York Press, 2010).

Vizenor was also a delegate and principle writer of the new Constitution for the White Earth Nation. He is a series editor for Native Storiers at the University of Nebraska Press and for Native Traces at the State University of New York Press.

IAIA expects to graduate 37 students. Also speaking at commencement will be Suzan Shown Harjo, who will receive an honorary doctorate, and LaDonna Harris, who will receive the IAIA Visionary Award.

Commencement begins at 11 a.m. at IAIA, 83 A Van Nu Po Road in Santa Fe.

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