Sarah Deer, “The ‘Non-Fiction’ Version of The Round House: A History of Sexual Violence in Indian Country”

June 9, 2017
2:00 pmto4:00 pm

Many Nations Longhouse
1630 Columbia St.
UO campus
Refreshments served
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The Round House: Contexts for Teaching

Join the Teaching and Learning Center’s Teaching Engagement Program (TEP) and Undergraduate Studies as staff prepare for the 2017-2018 UO Common Reading: Louise Erdrich’s The Round House. Part coming-of-age story, part crime drama, the novel explores tribal sovereignty, federal Indian policy, sexual violence, and the search for justice.

Mitchell Hamline Professor of Law and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Sarah Deer will give a keynote address entitled “The ‘Non-Fiction’ Version of The Round House: A History of Sexual Violence in Indian Country.” Professor Deer will then be joined by a panel of UO faculty—Kirby Brown (English), Brian Klopotek (Ethnic Studies), and Lani Teves (Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies) talking about their own experience teaching Erdrich’s work and the issues it raises.

“Let us add a new title to your summer reading list and invite you into collegial conversation about how our campus can come together around teaching this book that all incoming students will receive during IntroDUCKtion,” says TEP director Lee Rumbarger.

Professor Deer is renowned for her work on the impacts of sexual violence on Native American communities, especially the intersection of federal and tribal law and hurdles to protecting Native American victims of violence. She was a primary consultant for Amnesty International’s Maze of Injustice campaign and is author of The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America.