West Virginia Universitys Native American Studies Program is hosting a Sycamore Circle discussion featuring two of its faculty authors, Cari Carpenter and Carol Markstrom, who will discuss their recently published books on the emotional character of American Indian women.
The event will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday (April 24) in the Robinson Reading Room at WVU s Downtown Campus Library. It is free and open to the public.
We want to celebrate the recent accomplishments of these two outstanding faculty,said Bonnie Brown, NAS coordinator.Their new books are a valuable resource for Native American Studies.
Carpenters book,Seeing Red: Anger, Sentimentality, and American Indians,is the first of its kind to examine expressions of womens anger as a potential force for social change through the poetry and prose of three early American Indian writers.
She notes that the first published indigenous women writers were met with stereotypes ofsavagerage and argues that while anger is a neglected element of a broad range of sentimental texts, it should be recognized as a particularly significant subject in early literature of American Indian women.
Carpenter is an assistant professor of English, a core member of the Native American Studies Committee and a University affiliate of the WVU Center for Womens Studies. She specializes in 19th century women writers, American Indian literature, gender studies and the emotion theory.
In addition to her book, she has published numerous articles on early American Indian women writers and is currently editing a collection of writings by Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president. She received her masters degree in English in 1998 and her doctoral degree in English and womens studies from the University of Michigan in 2002. Before joining WVU , she worked as a Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Kalamazoo College.
Markstroms book,Empowerment of North American Indian Girls: Ritual Expressions at Puberty,examines ceremonies for American Indian girls past and present, featuring an in-depth look at American Indian ideas about human development and puberty with special attention to four communities: Apache, Navajo, Lakota and Ojibwa.
Markstrom specializes in American Indian history, beliefs, ritual practices and roles and human development. She is particularly interested in identity formation, ego strength and structured activity involvement in adolescence. She reviews indigenous, historical and anthropological literatures and provides descriptive accounts of North American Indian coming-of-age rituals.
Markstrom, a professor in the Department of Technology, Learning and Culture in the College of Human Resources and Education at WVU , coordinates the undergraduate and graduate programs in child development and family studies and is also a core member of the Native American Studies Program.
Her interests in American Indians extends back to her childhood and her work with Ojibwe and Dakota Sioux families in Minnesota and South Dakota. She received her bachelors degree in family relationships from the University of Minnesota in 1981, her masters in child development and family relations from North Dakota State University in 1985 and her doctorate in developmental psychology from Utah State University in 1988. She has taught at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Tribal College in South Dakota and joined the WVU faculty in 1993.
Additionally, Markstrom lived on the Navajo Nation in 1999 and the San Carlos Apache Nation in 2007 in Arizona, where she served as a consultant and researcher while on professional development leave from WVU .
The Native American Studies Program is part of the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. For more information, contact Brown at 304-293-4626 or Bonnie.Brown@mail.wvu.edu .
The Sycamore Circle series was developed to give students, faculty and community members an informal means to learn more about American Indian subjects.