NEA Big Read Keynote: Bring Them Home with Layli Long Soldier, Patti Hibbeler, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, Jacyln Roessel, Agnes Woodward
Date(s): Friday, March 26, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phoenix MST / Pacific
Type(s): Keynote, Panel, Q&A, Reading, Talk
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, Human Rights, Indigenous, Social Justice
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
About this Event
In every instance, Joe. In every heart-soaking instance. As the priest here you know well I have buried infants and whole families killed in car accidents and young people who made terrible choices, and even people who got lucky enough to die old. Yes, I've seen it. Every time there is an evil, much good comes of it—people in these circumstances choose to do an extra amount of good, show unusual love, become stronger in their devotion to Jesus, or to their own favorite saint, or attain an unusual communion of some sort in their families . . . So it is that every evil, whether moral or material, results in good. You'll see.
From The Round House by Louise Erdrich (p. 254)
Every time a person goes missing, it's a tragedy. But statistics are only part of the picture. In times of crisis, we come together as a community to protect one another, honor those we've lost, and gather strength to keep moving.
For our keynote event, join acclaimed poet Layli Long Soldier for Bring Them Home: An Evening Dedicated to Missing and Murdered Indigenous People on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Phoenix MST / Pacific on Zoom.
At this event, Long Soldier will share new work created in response to issues surrounding missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), followed by a larger conversation with advocates and community organizers Patti Hibbeler, Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya, and Agnes Woodward moderated by Jaclyn Roessel.
All individuals who register for the keynote will be entered into a drawing to receive a free copy of The Round House by Louise Erdrich.
Please note: as Phoenix does not observe daylight savings time, determining the correct time outside of Arizona can be somewhat confusing. Right now, Phoenix MST is currently equivalent to Pacific (not Mountain). To view the current time in Phoenix, Arizona, you can check the world time clock.
This event is presented in partnership with the Phoenix Indian Center and The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities Division at Arizona State University, will be live-streamed and recorded, and is open to the public and free.
Looking for more events? Explore Diné womanhood with Laura Tohe and Luci Tapahonso on February 27, learn about Arizona's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Study Committee on March 19, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at http://piper.asu.edu/nea-big-read/events.
About the NEA Big Read: Phoenix
This event is presented as part of 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, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU, and over 40 authors, performers, and community organizations. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at http://piper.asu.edu/big-read.
Support Indigenous Communities
The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at https://phxindcenter.org/financial-support/, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.