Leading Native Artists and Activists to Speak at ‘Creating Nations’ Symposium

By Sameer Rao Mar 18, 2016

Leading Native artists, scholars and activists will convene at Northwestern University on Friday, April 1, for a series of panels and conversations about Native art and art creation, as well as Native American studies programs. 

Award-winning poets and authors Mark Turcotte ("The Feathered Heart") and Simon J. Ortiz ("Beyond the Reach of Time and Change") will be among those featured at "Creating Nations: Past, Present and Future." The day-long symposium will address art’s centrality to Native empowerment—via the academy, advocacy and beyond. 

Ortiz will deliver the symposium keynote, entitled, “History and Home: Indigenous Land, Culture and Community."

Organized by Northwestern doctoral candidate Bethany Hughes, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and president of the university’s Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies (CINAS), "Creating Nations" grew out of a university task force that examined the school’s relative lack of Native studies offerings.

Click here to see the full "Creating Nations" schedule and purchase tickets.