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Events Archive: 2021-22

Savage Conversations with LeAnne Howe


Join us for an evening of Indigenous literature, humor and history with celebrated Chocktaw fiction writer, poet, playwright and filmmaker LeAnne Howe. LeAnne Howe, Edison Distinguished Professor at the University of Georgia, connects literature, Indigenous knowledge, Native histories and expressive cultures in her work. Her interests include Native and Indigenous literatures, performance studies, film and Indigeneity.

Howe's latest book, "Savage Conversations," 2019, Coffee House Press, set in 1875, is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and the Savage Indian that she said was torturing her nightly during her confinement in an insane asylum at Batavia, Illinois. Literary Hub describes this volume as "A play/poem/novel/historical nightmare."

This event is part of the Humanites Research Center's Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the VCU Department of English, VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.