Remembering the Trail of Tears Arts and Lecture Series
Remembering the Trail of Tears is a series of five lectures and performances during the 2013-2014 academic year commemorating the 175th anniversary of that event. The Trail of Tears, forced removal of south-eastern Native Americans from their homeland, occurred during 1838-1839. More than a fourth of those uprooted died as they traveled. This year we will remember and try to understand this sad event in our history.
Upcoming Guest Speakers
Tim Alan Garrison: February 24, 2014
Historian Tim Alan Garrison of the Department of History at Portland State University is a native Georgian. He has written numerous essays on the United States Native American removal policy, as well as a recent book, The Legal Ideology of Removal: The Southern Judiciary and the Sovereignty of Native American Nations. Dr. Garrison’s fields of expertise include American legal history, history of the southern United States, American Indian legal history, U.S. Indian policy and history of the removal crisis. Visit him on University of Georgia Press' website.
Culpability for the Trail of Tears: The Trial of Andrew Jackson
Where: Krannert Center Ballroom E
When: Monday, February 24; 7:00 PM
Dr. Sarah H. Hill: March 13, 2014
Sarah H. Hill is an independent scholar residing in Atlanta, Georgia. A Ph.D. from Emory University in American Studies, her Weaving New Worlds:Southeastern Cherokee Women and their Basketry (University of North Carolina Press: 1997) tells the story of Cherokee women through an examination of the changes in their basketry. More recently, her attention has turned to the Cherokee removal and the forts in north Georgia in which Cherokees were held during the removal.
Cherokees, Georgians, and the Trail of Tears from Rome, 1838
Where: Krannert Ballroom E
When: Thursday, March 13; 7:00 PM
Past Guest Speakers
Grant Lee Phillips: September 28, 2013
Grant-Lee Phillips is a singer-songwriter and Americana musician who is a registered member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and a descendant of both those who were forced to relocate and those who forced them to relocate. Phillips' latest album, “Walking in the Green Corn,” draws from his intensive investigations into his native lineage. Widely revered as one of the most important songwriters of his generation, Grant-Lee Phillips will walk us through some of our troubled past and into a hopeful future. Visit him on his website.
An Evening with Grant Lee Phillips
Where: Ford Auditorium
When: Saturday, September 28; Doors open at 7:00 PM and the concert starts at 8:00 PM
Cost: Free for students, faculty and students with Berry ID; others $10 at the door
Brian Hicks: October 10, 2013
Brian Hicks is the author of five books, most recently Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, the Cherokees and the Trail of Tears
. Hicks and his books have been featured on National Public Radio
and in major newspapers, including The Boston Globe
, The Philadelphia Inquirer
and the Chicago Tribune
. Visit him on his website
Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, Major Ridge and the Battle for the Cherokee Nation
Where: Krannert Center Ballroom E
When: Thursday, October 10; 7:00 PM
Diane Glancy: November 14, 2013
Diane Glancy is a Cherokee novelist, poet and playwright who has taught Native American literature and creative writing courses at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and at Azusa Pacific University in California. Her Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears and its sequel, Pushing the Bear: After the Trail of Tears, tell the stories of the tale of Cherokee brothers O-ga-na-ya and Knobowtee and their families, as well the Reverend Jesse Bushyhead, a Cherokee Christian minister. Visit her on Azusa Pacific University's website.
"Pushing the Bear": A Reading
Where: McAllister Hall Auditorium
When: Thursday, November 14; 5:00 PM