West Virginia Universitys Native American Studies Program will kick off a new lecture series next week called theSycamore Circle.

The series begins Monday, Feb. 9, with a lecture by visiting WVU scholar Jane Brodbeck onA Postcolonial Literary View on Sherman Alexie’s Workfrom 4-5:30 p.m. in the Laurel Room of the Mountainlair. The public is invited and light refreshments will be served.

Brodbeck will cover Alexies works about the Native American experience including the 1998 filmSmoke Signals(1998) and short story collectionsThe Toughest Indian In The World,The Lone Ranger,Tonto Fistfight In HeavenandTen Little Indians.For his works, Alexie earned the 2001 PEN /Malamud Award for excellence in the art of the short story, andTen Little Indianswas a Publishers’Weekly editors’pick and a USA Today pick.

Brodbeck is on campus as a visiting scholar through the Office of International Programs. She received a Ph.D. in literatures of the English language from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS , Porto Alegre, Brazil, and also graduated from the School of Law at the same university. She is editor of the magazine Textura, and leads a research project in reading strategies.

The WVU Native American Studies Program in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences encourages research on wide ranging topics concerning American Indians.

For more information, contact Ellesa High, coordinator, Native American Studies Program, 293 3017 ext. 415 or e-mail Ellesa.High@mail.wvu.edu , or George Lies, Special Programs, Office of International Programs, 293 6955 ext. 4.