Lecture / Reading

Conversation on Leading a Meaningful Life: Gerald Vizenor

Sponsored by Haas Center for Public Service, Native American Cultural Center, Office for Religious Life


Wednesday, February 12, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
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Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Senior Associate Dean for Religious Life, will be in conversation with Gerald Vizenor on matters of personal values, beliefs, and motivations in order to gain a deeper understanding of life’s meaning, followed by Q&A with the audience.

Attendees are invited to meet with Gerald Vizenor immediately after the talk in the Round Room to follow up on the topics covered in the conversation. 

Gerald Vizenor, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, is a citizen of the White Earth Nation in Minnesota. He has published more than 30 books, novels, critical theory, cultural studies, and poetry collections. Native Provenance: The Betrayal of Cultural Creativity, a collection of essays, and Blue Ravens and Native Tributes, two historical novels about Native Americans who served in World War I in France, are his most recent publications. Vizenor has received many awards, including the American Book Award for Griever: An American Monkey King in China, and the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award.

Gerald Vizenor is serving as the 2020 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University. The Distinguished Visitor program brings to Stanford individuals whose careers and lives have had significant public impact in the United States and globally. Mr. Vizenor will be hosted by the Haas Center for Public Service and the Native American Cultural Center through mid-March. His visit is particularly timely, as Stanford marks the 50th anniversary of the Stanford American Indian Organization in fall 2020 and the Stanford Powwow in spring 2021. You can learn more about Mr. Vizenor’s visit and upcoming events at haas.stanford.edu.
This event is supported by the Harry and Emilia Rathbun Fund for Exploring What Leads to a Meaningful Life. The Rathbun Fund supports the mission of the Office for Religious Life by helping students and others discover and reflect upon issues of meaning and purpose during a time of potentially monumental growth in their character and spirit.