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Lourdes Pereira

NEA Big Read Partner 2021

About Lourdes Pereira

Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham and Yoeme) is a sophomore at Arizona State University (ASU) and a student archivist at the Labriola National American Indian Datacenter. She is majoring in Justice Studies and American Indian Studies. Lourdes sits on the American Indian Advisory Council for the Arizona Education Department and is Miss Indigenous ASU for 2020-2021. Lourdes is a fierce advocate for Indigenous rights and views community-driven archives as a source of empowerment for Indigenous communities.

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Dispatches from the Field: Students Archivists and BIPOC Memory
Mia Johnson, Myra Khan, Lourdes Pereira, Elizabeth Quiroga, Jessica Salow

Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Conversation, Panel, Q&A, Talk; American Indian, Community, Family History, History, Indigenous
Working outside an archival profession that has ignored their voices, Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) student and community archivists are reclaiming space to maintain vital community histories and cultural knowledge. Celebrate their contributions and learn more about their work with ASU Library's Community Driven Archives Initiative!

About NEA Big Read

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