Sherman Alexie, a preeminent Native American poet, novelist, performer, filmmaker, and author of UWM’s 2014 Common Read, visits UWM this fall to share “The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”
A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation. While in college at the University of Washington, a college professor recognized Alexie’s “intensity of language, passion, and energy.” That talent has turned into the publication of 24 books including “What I’ve Stolen, What I’ve Earned,” “Blasphemy: New and Selected Stories,” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.”
This event is sponsored by Student Involvement, the Student Success Center, the American Indian Student Association, American Indian Studies, American Indian Student Services, the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education, Cultures and Communities, and the UWM English Department; and presented by the Distinguished Lecture Series and the First-Year Common Reading Experience.
The event is on Tuesday, September 23, at 7 p.m. in the Union Wisconsin Room. It is free for UWM students, in advance or at the door. Everyone else can save $2 by purchasing tickets in advance at the Union Info Desk.
A book signing and reception will follow the lecture, and a sign language interpreter will be provided.