Native American women to address racial perceptions, identity, Nov. 16

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Talk is part of URI’s fall Honor’s Colloquium

KINGSTON, R.I. – November 9, 2010 – Three Native American women will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Their lecture, “Native in New England,” will be delivered in Edwards Auditorium, 64 Upper College Road, Kingston. The talk, free and open to the public, is part of URI’s ongoing Honors Colloquium on RACE. Those unable to attend the lecture can watch it live online URI Live!

Julianne Jennings, adjunct anthropology professor at Arizona State University, Paulla Dove Jennings, Narragansett Tribal Elder and curator at Tomaquag Museum and Wanda Jean Lord, executive director of Honoring Our Own Power, a non-profit organization dedicated to informing the public about Native Americans and offering services for their people, are the featured speakers.

“Our three speakers will provide historical and personal insights into what it is like to live in New England as a person of Native American descent and give perspective on how perceptions coming from dominant culture have consequently informed the identities and cultures of some of the First Nations’ people in our area,” said Kendall Moore, associate journalism professor and one of the coordinators of the fall colloquium.

PLEASE NOTE: No lecture will be held next Tuesday due to Thanksgiving week. The colloquium resumes Tuesday, Nov. 30. For a complete, up-to-date schedule of the colloquium, visit For further information, contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2303 or For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Tom Zorabedian at 401.874.2853 or

Major Sponsors:

Honors program, Office of the Provost, College of Arts and Sciences, Richard and Jean Harrington and the Harrington School of Communication and Media, Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, College of Engineering, College of the Environment and Life Sciences, College of Human Science and Services, Office of the President.

Sustaining Sponsors:

The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment, the Thomas Silva and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment. Sponsors:

Division of University Advancement, College of Business Administration, College of Pharmacy, Department of Communication Studies, Center for Students Leadership Development, Office of the Dean of Students, Women’s Studies Program, Athletics, Multicultural Center, Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance, Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, University College – Phi Eta Sigma, Department of Kinesiology.