Author to speak March 27 for Native American Week

Author to speak March 27 for Native American Week Author Janet Campbell Hale will speak to students and faculty at The University of South Dakota Monday, March 27, as part of Native American Awareness Week.

Hale will present a reading to Native American literature students at 11 a.m. in East Hall Room 111. At noon, she will present a reading and book signing in the Hoy B Room of the Coyote Student Center.

She also will present the Phi Beta Kappa Lifto-Amundson Lecture in the Coyote Student Center Rushmore Room at 8 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

Hale is the author of two novels, The Owl's Song and The Jailing of Cecelia Capture, a book of poetry, Custer Lives in Humboldt County, an autobiography, Bloodlines: Odyssey of a Native Daughter, and a book of short stories, Women on the Run.

"Hale's writing immerses the reader in the life of the Northwest. She conveys the inner consciousness of contemporary Native peoples living within a society that devalues their ancient understandings of relationship," said USD English Professor Norma Wilson. "Nevertheless, through their love for one another and for the earth, her characters find the strength to maintain their integrity and survive."

A member of the Coeur d'Alene nation of northern Idaho, Hale spent parts of her childhood on the Coeur d'Alene and Yakima reservations. She received a B.A. in rhetoric from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972.

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