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Get Lit: Decolonization with Amanda R. Tachine

Date(s): Thursday, March 4, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice
Cost: Free

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Please note: due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelledWe apologize for any inconvenience and hope to reschedule soon. In the meantime, you can visit our website to find more events with the NEA Big Read at

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Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

This Month: Decolonization with Dr. Amanda R. Tachine

What is the history of colonization? What are its cultural, psychological, and social effects? What is its relationship to empire? To capitalism? How does colonization work? Can we stop it? Are we colonizing unbeknownst to ourselves? What would it look like for a space to be decolonized? Is it even possible? Do they even exist? What does the term “decolonization” even mean?

Join ASU professor Dr. Amanda R. Tachine for a conversation on decolonization, empire, and indigeneity at Get Lit on Thursday, March 4, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST on Zoom.

Please note: while this event is free and open to the public, you must register through Eventbrite to receive the Zoom link. Space is first-come, first-served. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Attendance may be capped at 30 guests in order to allow everyone the opportunity to speak. Registrations do not guarantee or reserve seats. The Zoom link will be sent two days and two hours before the meeting. If you have any questions or require different forms of access, please reach out to Coordinator Senior Jake Friedman at

Looking for more events? Explore Diné womenhood with Laura Tohe and Luci Tapahonso on February 27, discuss Indigenous land acknowledgments on March 17, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at


About the Author

Dr. Amanda R. Tachine is Navajo from Ganado, Arizona. She is Náneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Zuni Red Running into Water clan) born for Tl’izilani (Many Goats clan). She is an Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership & Innovation at Arizona State University whose research is focused on Indigenous Knowledge Systems & the interplay of sociopolitical conditions impacting the lives of Native peoples .

About the NEA Big Read

This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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