The Edmond Sun

November 2, 2012

Former congressman, Native American historian present free lectures


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will feature a pair of public lectures on its campus Nov. 7, one featuring Mickey Edwards, former congressman for Oklahoma’s 5th district, and the other with Native American historian Susan A. Miller.           

Edwards will discuss his latest book, “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans,” from 1-1:50 p.m. in the Pegasus Theater of the university’s Liberal Arts Building.           

Edwards is vice president of the Aspen Institute and serves as the director of the institute’s Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. He served as a congressman for 16 years, from 1977-93, and was a member of the House Republican leadership and the Appropriations and Budget Committee. After leaving Congress, he taught at Harvard University and Princeton University.  

The presentation is sponsored by UCO’s American Democracy Project. Edward’s book will be available for purchase at the lecture.           

Miller will give her presentation “Native America Writes Back: Indigenous Voices and American Colonization” from 7-8:30 p.m., also in the Pegasus Theater. The lecture is drawn from her latest book, “Native Historians Write Back: Decolonizing American Indian History,” which will be available for purchase and signing at a reception following the lecture.           

Miller is a member of the Tiger Clan and Tom Palmer Band of the Seminole Nation, and has served on the faculty of the University of Nebraska and Arizona State University.     

A part of the College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Speaker Series, this lecture is sponsored by the American Indian Studies program in the History and Geography department in conjunction with the Dean’s Office.

Both lectures are free.           

FOR MORE information, contact Patti Loughlin, director of the American Democracy Project and professor of History, at 405-974-5491 or ploughlin@uco.edu.