The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the English Department present Larry Aitken, “Speaking of Languages, Ojibwe, and Minnesota” Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in King Hall Auditorium.

Professor Larry Aitken is the Endowed Chair and Director of American Indian Studies at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minn., and the Tribal Historian for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe.

His lecture at MSUM will outline the history of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota and show the need to preserve Ojibwemowin, the native language. Professor Aitken will also speak on the programs currently in place to record and revitalize the Ojibwe language. After the lecture Aitken will field questions from the MSUM campus community.

Aitken has worked extensively on the preservation of Ojibwe culture throughout Minnesota; nationally he has been a speaker at the University of Pennsylvania and at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. He has also collaborated with White Earth Tribal College on a National Endowment for the Humanities Initiatives grant in 2007 entitled, “Gi-bugadin-a-maa-goom: To Sanction, To Give Authority, To Bring to Life.”

Please join us for an event that promises to provide an excellent opportunity to learn about historical as well as contemporary Ojibwe language and culture in Minnesota. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Free and open to the public!

For further information, please contact Susan Imbarrato, English Department, at:
218.477.4674 or simbarra@mnstate.edu