The Rockwell Museum presents New York Times Best-Selling Author Sherman Alexie

RESCHEDULED: April 8, 2014​
7:30 p.m. at The Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium

The presentation will close with a Q&A and book signing. Buy your Sherman Alexie book in The Rockwell Museum Store in advance or at the event. Submit advance questions for Sherman on Twitter @RMWestArt using the hashtag #AskSherman.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

One Book, One College is a common reading program designed to engage the entire campus in shared intellectual inquiry. This program allows students, faculty, and staff to consider social and cultural issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and reinforces the fact that engaging in critical reading is an important part of being a member of an academic community.

This year’s selection is Sherman Alexie’s New York Times Best-Selling book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. The narrative follows the life of protagonist Arnold Spirit, Jr. who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpinit, Washington. After encouragement from a reservation high school teacher to go to an all-white public high school in nearby town of Reardan, Arnold decides to leave the reservation in search of a better life. The book’s themes include poverty, death and loss, bullying, addiction, and Native American identity.

Sherman Alexie is an award-winning poet, writer, and filmmaker. In addition to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Alexie is best known for his books The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Blasphemy and Smoke Signals (1998) a film based on one of his books.

The One Book, One College Program features a year-long series of cultural events related to Native American culture as well as campus-wide discussion groups.

Events

Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
3-4 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Facilitator: Professor Ryan Hersha
 

Native American Film Fest: Trudell

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6:30 p.m. at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Facilitated by Thom White Wolf Fassett    

Trudell is a 2005 documentary film about the life of author and American Indian activist John Trudell. The film traces Trudell from his childhood in Omaha, Nebraska, to his role in the American Indian Movement, and finally to his rebirth as a musician and spoken word poet.

Legendary Hip-Hop Photographer Ernie Paniccioli 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. in the Triangle Lounge
Co-sponsored by Diversity Council and Student Life
Free and open to the public.
 

Susan Deer Cloud: Mixed Lineage Catskill Indian Poet

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
11:50 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. in the Triangle Lounge
Free and open to the public.

Susan Deer Cloud is a mixed-lineage Catskill Indian of Mohawk/Blackfoot & some Seneca lineage. Although she grew up in mountain isolation in the old way, she has traveled extensively and lived abroad. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Literature & Creative Writing from Binghamton University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College.  She has taught as a lecturer at Binghamton University, Broome Community College, and Holyoke Community College.

Deer Cloud's most recent books are Fox Mountain; The Last Ceremony; Car Stealer (FootHills Publishing); and Braiding Starlight (Split Oak Press).  She has edited three anthologies: Confluence and I Was Indian Before Being Indian Was Cool: an Anthology of Native Literature I & ll (FootHills Publishing), plus the 2008 Spring Issue of Yellow Medicine, a Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art & Thought.

Native American Film Fest: Two Spirits

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
6:30 p.m. at the Rockwell Museum of Western Art
Facilitated by Connie Sullivan Blum

The 2009 documentary film Two Spirits, directed by Lydia Nibley, tells the story of the hate-murder of 16-year-old Navajo Fred Martinez, nádleehí - a male-bodied person with a feminine nature.
 

Book Discussion: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Thursday, April 17, 2014 
12:15 - 1:15 p.m. in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Facilitator: Professor Jennifer O’Hara