Award-winning author and advocate Gerald Vizenor brings to Stanford snippets of family stories, personal history, and literary theory in this talk for Stanford students, staff, and other community members: “Native Survivance and the Literature of Engagement.” In his talk he speaks about the need to revive the "art of listening" and to reclaim Native American narratives as stories of "survivance" rather than "tragedy and cultural victimry."
This winter quarter Mr. Vizenor is in residence as the 2020 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor, hosted by the Haas Center for Public Service and Native American Cultural Center. He is professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and 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 the First World War 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.
Watch his visitor lecture here.