The Texas Institute for Literary & Textual Studies (TILTS) welcomes the prolific poet and novelist Gerald Vizenor, a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota, for a public lecture on “Survivance and Totemic Motion in Native American Indian Literature and Art.”The 2013-2014 edition of TILTS, “Reading Race in Literature & Film,” brings together scholars, artists, filmmakers, and writers for conversations about the ways that we experience race and ethnicity. As the leading theorist of Native American identity and representation, Vizenor has had a profound influence on indigenous, cultural, and literary studies. He was also a delegate to the White Earth Constitutional Convention and the principal writer of the new Constitution of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota.
A reception will follow in the Tom Lea Room, where the exhibit “Native American Literature at the Harry Ransom Center” will be on display.
TILTS is an annual, multidisciplinary initiative that showcases dynamic scholarship in literary and textual based studies. TILTS is sponsored by the Office of the President, the Vice-Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Department of English of The University of Texas at Austin. Co-sponsors for this event include: Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Humanities Institute, and the Harry Ransom Center.