February 9, 2004
Merrill College hosts American Indian Colloquium
Series; artist highlighted
Merrill College is hosting the Merrill American Indian Colloquium Series
2004 during the month of February, and the public is invited to attend
a series of free events that highlight this years theme, Service
to Native American Communities.
Landscape: Surrealist Forms, is a work by George Morrison,
the subject of a lecture on February 26.
Also in February, the Native American Resource Center will present
a lecture on abstract expressionist artist George Morrison.
Guest speakers in the Merrill series will address ways to serve the
needs of Native American communities through health, art, and nonprofit
programs. All presentations will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the
Baobab Lounge at Merrill College.
Tuesday, February 10: Health as a Way to Promote Native American
Community Development, Larry Swimmer (Lakota)
Swimmer will discuss health as a way to promote Native American community
development, integrating traditional philosophies with existing infrastructures,
and the processes and rewards of mentoring leadership with a community
vision of serving people as a whole. Swimmer is chair of the Board of
Directors of the Native American Health Center and founder of the Red
Willow Lodge traditional healing ministry, which serves needy youth.
Tuesday, February 17: Serving Native American Communities
Through Art, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood (Huichol, mestiza)
Underwood will discuss developing and using art to serve Native American
communities. Her image-based presentation will feature slides of her
work with visual references to personal and social context. She will
address and illustrate struggles pertaining to cultural survival, land,
language, and oppression among American Indian communities. (Underwood
will be interviewed on the "Turtle Island" program on the
campus radio station, KZSC, 88.1 FM, on Sunday evening, February 15
from 7 to 8 p.m.) Underwood is a visual artist and a professor of art
in the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University.
Tuesday, February 24: Assessing Needs and Tailoring a Nonprofit's
Programs to Service an Urban Native American Community, David
Yohn will discuss approaches to working with urban Native American communities,
addressing such topics as how to be respectful of cultural differences
both within and outside the community and how to tailor nonprofit program
offerings to meet assessed needs with available funds. (Yohn will also
be interviewed on KZSC Radio, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 22.)
Yohn has started and served as executive director of several nonprofit
organizations and two cable television stations. He is director of Global
Business Development Celerity Group/Marchi Systems and executive director
of the Ableza Institute.
Artist George Morrison topic of lecture
Anishinaabe abstract expressionist artist George
Morrison (Grand Portage Ojibwe) will be the subject of a February
26 lecture by Gerald Vizenor. Sponsored by the American Indian Resource
Center and Merrill College, the lecture will be in Conference Room D
in the Bay Tree Building from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Anishinaabe is the
name of people who make up the tribes Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa.
Morrison's and Alan Houser's works will be the inaugural exhibits at
the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington,
a White Earth Ojibwe (Anishinaabe), is a professor of American studies
at UC Berkeley who previously taught at UCSC. The author of over 30
books, he has been commissioned to write an essay on Morrison for the
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