The keynote speaker for the Symposium will be Phil Deloria, the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Culture and History at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). Dr. Deloria is a historian of Native American, Western American, and environmental history. He is the author of Playing Indian (1999) and Indians in Unexpected Places (2004), among many other publications and awards. His talk is entitled, “The Dialectics of Western Branding.”
Leo G. Mazow is associate professor in the art department at the University of Arkansas, where he teaches courses in American art and cultural history. He has published on George Inness, New York Dada, regionalist painting, and the senses in American Art. His book, Thomas Hart Benton and the American Sound (Penn State University, 2012), received the Charles C. Eldridge Prize for outstanding scholarship in the field of American Art. His talk is entitled, “Versions of the West: Thomas Benton and Edward Hopper.” He will also be performing with Brittany Stephenson in their band called “The Coverlets,” to highlight some of the thematic connections to music of this period.
LeAnne Howe is the Eidson Distinguished Professor of American Literature in the English Department at the University of Georgia. She is the author of novels, plays, poetry, screenplays, and scholarship that deal with Native experiences. An enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her first novel, Shell Shaker, received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation 2002; Evidence of Red, poetry, won the Oklahoma Book Award, 2006; and Choctalking on Other Realities, memoir, won the 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
An exhibition catalogue, published by the University of Oklahoma Press, will include essays by
Dr. Jimmy Bryan, Lamar University; Dr. LeAnne Howe, University of Georgia; Dr. Elizabeth Hutchinson, Columbia University; Dr. John Ott, James Madison University; Dr. Dean Rader, University of San Francisco; Dr. Susan Rugh, Brigham Young University; and Drs. Marian Wardle and Sarah Boehme, co-curators of the exhibition at Brigham Young University Museum of Art and the Stark Museum of Art.