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“Eyes That Can Never Close: Colonial Agnosia and the Mnemonics of Refusal"

Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an associate professor of English and women's and gender studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her work has been published in journals including American Indian QuarterlyCultural Studies ReviewInterventionsCollege LiteratureJ19, and American Quarterly. Her book, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minnesota, 2011) won the 2013 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Award for best first book. Her next project, Indigenomicon: American Indians, Videogames, and the Structures of Genre, delves into the literary and digital realms of play to think further about how the colonization of American Indians continues to inform imaginary terrains.

Vine Deloria Jr. was one of the preeminent intellectuals of the 20th century, whose work brought attention to the importance of place and traditions within Native American communities. Inaugurated in 2007, this series recognizes the work of Native American scholars whose intellectual pursuits reflect the spirit and commitment of Deloria.

Reception and book signing to follow in Vollum lounge. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided. Byrd's book, Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism, will be available and limited on a first come, first serve basis.

The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. Information on getting to Reed: https://www.reed.edu/getting-to-reed.html. Please contact institutional.diversity@reed.edu with any questions or concerns. 

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