Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is hosting three inspiring events Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 by Native American author Joy Harjo and Native American activist Winona LaDuke. Harjo will be giving a keynote presentation on Sept. 30 and participate in a panel discussion with LaDuke on Oct. 1. LaDuke will then conclude the series with a keynote presentation on Oct. 2.
Meet Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo is a highly-acclaimed Native American author, musician, and poet. Strongly influenced by her Muskogee Creek heritage, Harjo’s work is greatly autobiographical and incorporates her dedication to feminist and social concerns, her passion for creativity and the arts, and her journey to finding a voice in suppressive world. Harjo had a strong appreciation for the arts growing up and pursued a degree in creative writing at the University of New Mexico, where she was awarded her bachelor’s degree. Continuing with her passion, she went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa. Harjo has published many award-winning poems, CDs of original music, and novels that reflect her love of the natural world, her commitment to standing up for others, and the road to finding herself and reaching freedom. Her novel Crazy Brave, which won the 2013 PEN Center USA literary prize for creative nonfiction, recounts the struggles she faced growing up that forced her to silence her creative voice and the way poetry set her free.
To hear from Joy Harjo herself, make sure to attend these incredible events on Sept. 30- Oct. 2. To RSVP or for questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission and parking is free. The community is invited to attend all three events.