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Tuesday, Tuesday, Can't Trust That Day

Whew! I had a fantastic time at StellarCon and SONAR: The Symposium on Nerdy Academic Research. On Thursday morning I leave for Trip #3 of 3, this time to Cincinnati to participate as a scholarly roundtable member in the “Liberty and Responsibility in the American Anti-Slavery Movement” colloquium there.

(On a related note, I just so happen to be reading -- and loving -- a current finalist for this year's Andre Norton Award, Delia Sherman's The Freedom Maze, which also focuses on the topic of U.S. slavery.)

In the midst of my running around like the proverbial headless chicken, my second-quarter undergraduate/graduate seminar kicked off on Monday night. I'm teaching a "Native American Film and Fiction" course (not to be confused with my "Native American Identity" course). In case anyone's interested, here are the required readings:
House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday, 1968 (Pulitzer Prize winner)
Tracks by Louise Erdrich, 1988
Rain Is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith, 2001
Skeleton Man by Joseph Bruchac, 2003
East of the Sun and West of Fort Smith by William Sanders, 2008
1 novel of each student's choice from a list I've compiled

The students also will be watching a number of films, beginning with 1998's Smoke Signals and ending with 2008's Older Than America. Last night we kicked things off with the 2009 documentary Reel Injun, which I highly recommend.

I hope all is well with you, my friends! I look forward to catching up with you soon.

In honor of The Hunger Games (March 23! We have our tickets!)...

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Mar. 6th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping The Freedom Maze makes the Prometheus Award final ballot, too. . . .
Mar. 6th, 2012 08:45 pm (UTC)
So am I! *fingers crossed* The more I read, the more impressive it gets.

Edited at 2012-03-06 08:46 pm (UTC)
Mar. 6th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
*waves* I haven't even read the book but I laughed out loud at that cartoon.
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
Isn't it a hoot? *hugs you*
Mar. 7th, 2012 09:32 am (UTC)
Loved the cartoon :)
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm glad you did, too.
Abbie [wordpress.com]
Mar. 8th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I was just about to watch Smoke Signals for the first time!
Mar. 13th, 2012 12:03 am (UTC)
Oh, I hope you liked it! It's one of my all-time favorites.

"Sometimes it's a good day to die, and sometimes it's a good day to have breakfast."
Mar. 30th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
New Books!
Well the library doesn't have Hoise Made of Dawn, so I gave them a hard time about that, and requested it through ILL.

I also have Tracks on hold. Thanks for sharing the list!

-Eliz from Darkcargo
Mar. 30th, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
Re: New Books!
My pleasure! :D Thanks for being interested!
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