The Pierce County Library's Pierce County READS program has been announced for 2016, and it features two School of IAS professors.
In a break from tradition, the Pierce County READS is focusing on five books--instead of one--by Northwest Native American author Sherman Alexie. The program is also incorporating art and film. Alexie's books focus on contemporary Native American life.
On March 30th, Assistant Professor Danica Miller will lead a discussion at the screening of "Smoke Signals".
On April 9th, Professor Emeritus Claudia Gorbman will lead a discussion at the screening of "Reel Injun".
Learn more about the program in “Films, art, music and more are on the Pierce County READS program schedule,” by Rosemary Ponnekanti, The News Tribune, Feb. 27, 2016. (paywall)
Danica Sterud Miller, Ph.D., a Puyallup tribal member, is a coordinator of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences' new American Indian Studies minor, which became available winter quarter 2015.
According to Miller, "students in American Studies coursework, as well as the minor, will learn how to critically engage with the contemporary America Indian experience in terms of culture and sovereignty."
There are still seats available in American Indian Studies minor classes for spring quarter: Intro to Indigenous Women and Feminism (TEGL 301), Intro to American Indian Education (TEGL 303), and The American Indian Movement (TEGL 305).