The legacy of Vine Deloria Jr. will be explored during the Great Plains Writers' Conference March 24-26, 2013.

Great Plains Writers’ Conference Examines the Legacy of Vine Deloria Jr., Call for Papers


The Great Plains Writers’ Conference will be held March 24-26, 2013 and will feature a program on the legacy of Lakota author Vine Deloria Jr. with keynote speakers Philip Deloria and Elizabeth Cook-Lynn. March 26 would have been Vine Deloria's 80th birthday, so this look at his life and work is aptly timed.

Philip is Vine’s son and is also a respected historian and author of Playing Indian, “a provocative study of the role of American Indians in forming the character of the U.S.,” according to Kirkus Reviews.

Cook Lynn, a member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, is also an author as well as a retired professor of American Indian studies from Eastern Washington University.

Organizers of the conference are calling for scholarly and creative work including papers and presentations that examine Vine Deloria Jr.’s legacy and the footprint he left in the variety of academic fields his work has touched, ranging from American Indian studies to anthropology and theology, as well as his influence as an activist.

Send a 250-300 word abstract with a cover letter describing your specific interest in Deloria’s work to by November 15, 2012.

The conference was co-founded by Professors Charles Woodard and David Allan Evans of the South Dakota State University English Department in 1976 to bring attention to contemporary regional writers. It has expanded through the years to include writers from other regions who have interest in the Great Plains.

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