The general public is invited to attend two films and a presentation, free, on the University of South Dakota campus in Vermillion.
"Coming to Light: Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians," will be shown Monday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m., in Old Main 204. There will be an introduction/discussion by Jason Murray.
Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952) was a driven pioneer photographer who set out in 1900 to document traditional Indian life. He became the most famous photographer of his time, created an enormous body of work – 10,000 recordings, 40,000 photographs, and a full-length ethnographic motion picture.
"Coming to Light" tells the dramatic story of Curtis' life, his monumental work, and his changing views of the people he set out document. The film also gives Indian people a voice in the discussion of Curtis' images. Hopi, Navajo, Eskimo, Blackfeet, Blood, Piegan, Suquamish, and Kwakiutl people who are descended from Curtis' subjects or who are using his photographs for cultural preservation respond to the pictures, tell stories about the people in the photographs, and discuss the meaning of the images.
"Coming to Light" explores many of the ironies inherent in this story, the often controversial nature of Curtis' romantic images, and the value of the photographs to Indian people and to all Americans today.
"Au Revoir Les Enfants" will be shown at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 in Farber Hall, located in Old Main. There will be an introduction/discussion by Professor Jan Hausmann.
"Au Revoir Les Enfants" tells a heartbreaking story of friendship and devastating loss between two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie – until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle's own childhood, the film is a subtle, precisely observed tale of courage, cowardice, and tragic awakening.
"Historical Trauma," a presentation by Assistant Professor Mike Cutler, will be held 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Old Main 204.
The presentation is co-sponsored by the Dakota Writing Project and the South Dakota Humanities Council. SDHC is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
At the Dakota Writing Project Holocaust Institute, educators are focusing on both the Jewish Holocaust and Native genocides, exploring issues related to identity and historical trauma. At this session, Cutler, an assistant professor of counselor education at Boise State University, will help to shed light on these important issues. Professor Cutler has a PhD from the University of South Dakota in counselor education and practice, with an emphasis on multicultural counseling.
The title of his dissertation is "Self-Efficacy and Resilience Among American Indian Adults: A Phenomenological Qualitative Study of Successful American Indian Survivors of Life Stress/Trauma."
Professor Cutler also has a master of science in education degree, as well as a B.S. degree in English, from Northern State University in Aberdeen.
All three events are part of the Dakota Writing Project Jewish Holocaust Institute for educators. For more information, visit http://orgs.usd. edu/dwp/holocaust. The Dakota Writing Project is a non-profit, teachers' organization affiliated with the National Writing Project and the English Department at the University of South Dakota.