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Presented By: Native American Studies

The 2023 Robert J. Berkhofer Lecture

Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa)

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The Native American Studies program at University of Michigan proudly presents author Angeline Boulley (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa) as the 2023 Robert J. Berkhofer Lecturer.

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michiganʻs Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education.
Previously she served as Education Director for her tribe, and also serfed on the Board of Regents at Bay Mills Community College. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island.

Firekeeperʻs Daughter, her debut novel, was an instant #1 NYT Bestseller, and is the 2023-24 Michigan Humanities Great Michigan Read selection. The book has been named the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Childrenʻs Literature, the Printz Award, the William C. Morris award for YA debut literature, and was an American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book. Her second novel, Warrior Girl Unearthed, was released in May 2023.

The Berkhofer Lecture series (named for a former U-M professor and founder of the field of Native American studies) was established in 2014 by an alumni gift from the Dan and Carmen Brenner family of Seattle, Washington. In close consultation with the Brenners, Native American Studies created a public lecture series featuring prominent, marquee speakers who would draw audiences from different communities—faculty; students, Ann Arbor; Detroit, and Michigan
tribal communities as well as writers and readers generally. The Berkhofer Lectures are grand affairs, drawing over three hundred in attendance at each event. With the event now streamed online, our audiences are worldwide. Past speakers include literary giants N. Scott Momaday, Joy Harjo, and Gerald Vizenor. Our focus has shifted more recently to highlight emerging Indigenous literary talent including Mary Kathryn Nagle, and Tommy Orange. Most recently we presented biologist and MacArthur Foundation Fellow Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Native American students at U-M have long expressed their desire for greater Native Americans visibility both on campus and off, and we believe that the Berkhofer Lecture takes a meaningful step in that direction. The statewide publicity generated has also become a valuable recruitment incentive for Native American students. Most obviously, the speakers we invite have greatly enhanced the mission and work of Native American Studies at U-M.

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Join us at 6:30PM for light refreshments and a book giveaway!
The event is free and open to the public.
Overflow room: South Lounge at the Michigan Union

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