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Cornell has American Indian Studies speaker this week

The next speaker in Cornell University's American Indian Studies colloquia series, Andrea Smith, will visit this week and give two public presentations. Both events are free and open the public.

For details, call the American Indian Program office at (607) 255-5991.

Smith will speak on “Gender Violence and Colonialism: Indigenous Women's Organizing,” starting at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at the A.D. White House, on the Cornell campus in Ithaca.

After her talk, she will sign copies of her book, “Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide” (Southend Press, 2005), also in the A.D. White House.

At noon the following day, she will present “The One Who Did not Break his Promises”: Native Americans in the Evangelical Race Reconciliation Movement,” at the AIS Seminar in the AIP Conference Room, 400 Caldwell.

Tto request an electronic copy of the seminar paper, e-mail

Smith is an assistant professor of American Culture and Women's Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar who is co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national organization that utilizes direct action, critical dialogue and grassroots organizing to address this critical issue.

She is widely published on issues of violence against women of color and is one of the nation's leading experts on the topic. Smith's extensive writings and lectures also focus on Native American studies, feminism, and religious traditions.

In 2005, she was part of a group of 1,000 women around the world who were collectively nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their activism.