Scholar, author to give 2017 AIR talk Sept. 21
Daniel Heath Justice, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, will visit the University of Georgia as the featured speaker for the American Indian Returnings series in the English department of the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. He will read from his new work Sept. 21 at 4:15 p.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium at the Georgia Museum of Art. The event is open free to the public.
The American Indian Returnings, or AIR, series celebrates Native American scholars and authors and their "return" from exile to the Southeast.
"Each year on the autumnal equinox, a Native from one of the tribes that was removed from the Southeast in the 1830s returns to give a lecture on what it means to return to their homelands. AIR focuses on Southeastern lifeways, stories, literature and scholarship by tribal members whose tribes were here at contact with Europeans but later removed," said LeAnne Howe, the Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature.
Justice is professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies in the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, with a cross-appointment in English, at the University of British Columbia. He is author of Our Fire Survives the Storm: A Cherokee Literary History and numerous essays in the field of indigenous literary studies, as well as co-editor of a number of critical and creative anthologies and journals.
His recent book, Badger, is published by the Animal series from Reaktion Books (UK). An author of the indigenous epic fantasy trilogy, The Way of Thorn and Thunder: The Kynship Chronicles, he is working on a new manuscript in the genre, Wonderworks. His current projects include Why Indigenous Literatures Matter, a literary manifesto forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press and a collection of essays titled This Hummingbird Heart: Indigenous Writing, Wonder, and Desire.
Justice's talk is sponsored by Eidson Foundational Fund in the English department, the creative writing program, associate professor Channette Romero and professor Jace Weaver, director of the Institute of Native American Studies.