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Office of Multicultural Affairs to Host Talk on Tecumseh

Fri Nov 8 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — In honor of Native American Heritage month, celebrated during the month of November, the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Lenoir-Rhyne University will host a talk on NativeAmerican leader, Tecumseh. The talk, which is free and open to the public will be on November 15 at 10 a.m. in Belk Centrum on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University.

Dr. Amy Sturgis, who earned her Ph.D inIntellectual History from Vanderbilt University, and whose primary fields include Native American Studies and Science Fiction/Fantasy Studies, will give the talk. Sturgis is the author of four books on Native Americans and U.S. History, including a biography of Tecumseh and a history of the Trail of Tears, as well as over forty scholarly and mainstream book chapters, articles, and essays. She has edited five additional books and made more than 200 presentations across North America. In 2006, Sturgis was honored with the Imperishable Flame Award for Achievement in Tolkien/Inklings Scholarship. She also contributesregular “History of the Genre” features to, and narrates contemporary science fiction stories for the U.K. based podcast StarShipSofa, which in 2010 became the first podcast ever to win a Hugo Award. Sturgis teaches Liberal Studies at Lenoir-Rhyne University and is also a faculty member of the Mythgard Institute at Signum University.

The talk on Tecumseh will focus on the importance of Tecumseh’s life and why he continues to be remembered as a great Native American leader. This year is the 200th anniversary of his death. Some of the lessons from his life are about building community amongdiverse peoples and about respecting the human rights of enemies who do notpractice reciprocal treatment, which are still relevant today.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Emma Sellers, Director of Multicultural Affairs at or 828.328.7288.

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