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American Indian Graduate Student conference held

28 March 2005

ATTENTION: Native American, higher education writers

Contact: Noel Gallagher, Media Relations
(510) 643-7944 noelgallagher@berkeley.edu

"New Voices in Indigenous Research," the 3rd annual conference of the American Indian Graduate Student Association at the University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 30 - April 1, 2005

Lipman Room, 8th floor, Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley

The keynote speakers will be:

. Linda Hogan (March 30, 5:30 p.m.). Hogan is a prolific Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist and playwright. She is a retired professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

. Dr. Andrea Smith (March 31, 2:30 p.m.). Smith is a Cherokee anti-violence activist and scholar, co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, and active in the Boarding School Healing Project. She is currently an assistant professor of American Studies and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan.

. Dr. Phil Deloria (April 1, 4 p.m.). Deloria, a Sioux Indian, is the author of "Playing Indian" and "Indians in Unexpected Places." He is currently a professor of history and director of the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan.

This three-day program includes multiple hour-long sessions on such topics as economic development on tribal lands, education and language revitalization, traditional knowledge and contemporary expressions, and public health. The American Indian Graduate Student Association sponsors this conference every spring in conjunction with the American Indian Graduate Program, a UC Berkeley outreach effort that encourages Native American and Alaska Native students to enroll at UC Berkeley. There is a fee of $50 for faculty and professional attendees, $25 for non-UC Berkeley graduate students and $10 for the public. Credentialed media can attend without charge.