Cameron University sponsors presentation on Cherokee Freedmen

The Cameron University Department of English and Foreign Languages will present Dr. Joshua B. Nelson speaking on “Strangers and Kin: Cherokee Freedmen and the Forgotten Ethics of Hospitality.” The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 7 at the CETES Conference Center at 7 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge.

The issue of granting tribal citizenship to descendants of Cherokee Freedmen is an ongoing political and tribal dispute between the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and descendants of the Cherokee Freedmen. The topic has received national attention from the media as well as from the judicial and legislative branches of the U.S. government. Nelson will examine the ethics of the Cherokee disenfranchisement of the Freedmen.

Nelson, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. He specializes in American Indian literature with a research focus on Cherokee literature. He is also affiliated with Native American Studies and Film and Media Studies at OU. His articles have appeared in the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and World Literature Today, and his reviews of new works appear in Studies in American Indian Literatures and Great Plains Quarterly. He earned his B.A. in psychology at Yale, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English with a minor in American Indian Studies at Cornell.

The presentation is made possible through the Philip L. Jones Endowed Lectureship in Ethics.

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February 24, 2012

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