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photo of Brenda ChildJanuary 2012—Marquette University Libraries presents Dr. Brenda Child in a public lecture based on her new book, Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community" (Penguin Group, 2012).


February 7 (Tuesday), 2012, 4:30 p.m.

Raynor Library Conference Center

Beaumier Suites B/C (Lower Level)


Dr. Child (associate professor, University of Minnesota Departments of American Studies and American Indian Studies) will discuss her study of several generations of Ojibwe life in the Great Lakes and Mississippi River region, where an economy focused on wild rice flourished. Child's historical study brings together little-known sources that emphasize women's voices and stories, along with oral histories by Ojibwe women from Wisconsin WPA collections. Her earlier books include Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940 (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1998) and Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000 (Heard Museum, 2000).

Dr. Child's is the first of three lectures during the spring semester in conjunction with a traveling exhibition on Lewis and Clark that will be installed in Raynor Library March 14 to April 27, 2012. Based on original documents in the rich Native American collections of the Newberry Library and other institutions, the exhibit examines Lewis and Clark's 1804 to 1806 expedition to the Pacific Ocean and its encounter with more than 50 native tribes along the way. Read more details about the exhibit and other lectures here.

The lecture is free and open to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. Members of the public without a Marquette ID should telephone the library archives by noon on Feb. 6 to pre-register: (414) 288-7256. Two parking structures (Wells Street between 12th and 13th; and 16th St. between Wisconsin and Wells) are open to visitors for a fee; a campus map and driving directions to campus are here. Questions about any of the events may be addressed to archivist Bill Fliss by e-mail or phone (414) 288-5906.

Dr. Child's lecture is sponsored by the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Science. The sponsors of the traveling exhibit, "Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country," are represented below.


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