Cameron University to feature free presentations by renowned ethnologist Dr. Cornel Pewewardy

The Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present nationally renowned ethnologist Dr. Cornel Pewewardy in presentations that are open to the public on Monday, March 6, and Tuesday, March 7. On Monday, March 6, he will speak on “Issues in Indian Country,” at 4:30 p.m. On Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., he will speak on “Recovering Southern Plains Indigenous Songs, Representations and Knowledge Bases.” Both presentations will take place in the McCutcheon Recital Hall. There is no charge to attend. Pewewardy’s appearance is made possible by the Clodus and Pauline (Chaat) Smith Endowed Lectureship in American Indian Studies.

Cornel Pewewardy“We are excited to have Dr. Pewewardy on campus again,” says Dr. Von Underwood, Dean of the CU School of Arts and Sciences. “As a native Lawtonian, he knows a great deal about our region, our students, and our university - in addition having a national perspective on many issues. His visit will contribute to better understanding of Native American culture and help our students, faculty and staff to work together for student success and for new, positive partnerships for Southwest Oklahoma. I look forward to hearing him speak and perform.”  

A Comanche-Kiowa, Pewewardy is currently Professor and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University. He has written and spoken on a variety of topics including Higher Education and Native American students, Native American Studies, and Mascots.

Pewewardy has received numerous transformational leadership awards in teaching, research and service. He received the 2016 John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award at PSU and the 2015 Patricia Whitefoot Education Award with the Potlatch Fund in Seattle, Wash. Also in 2015, Pewewardy was the recipient of the Silver Anniversary Award from the National Association for Multicultural Education as well as selected NAME’s 2011 winner of their Multicultural Research Award. NAME also named him 2009 Teacher of the Year.

In 2014, he was among the 21 individuals named as the most influential Native American educators in the nation in a study published by the University of Iowa. Additional honors and awards include the 1999 Big XII Indian Faculty Member of the Year; 1999 Wordcrafter of the Year; 1994 Bush Principals' Leadership Program, University of Minnesota; 1993 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, FU-IH Institute of International Affairs, University of Minnesota; 1992 National Committee for School Desegregation Award; 1991 National Indian Educator of the Year, National Indian Education Association; and 1988 National Indian Student of the Year also from the National Indian Education Association.

Pewewardy sings Southern Plains powwow songs, composes songs and plays the Native American flute. His music is recorded on Sound of America Records (SOAR), Music of the World, Shortwave Records, and Smithsonian Institute. In 1998, the Lawrence Kansas Arts Commission awarded him the Phoenix Award for his lifetime contributions to music and arts.

He holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and is a co-founder of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

For more information, contact the Cameron University School of Arts and Sciences at 581-2491.



March 1, 2017