Lorén Spears, a two-term tribal councilwoman and executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, will present a talk on Social Justice: A Native Perspective on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Quinebaug Valley Community College.
The Tomaquag Museum, which works to preserve and nurture indigenous culture and arts, received the prestigious 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ms. Spears has herself been honored with the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities for her “compelling work as an advocate of indigenous people’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education” and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Rhode Island. She founded the Indigenous Empowerment Network, an organization which “strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community…through education, cultural competency, job training, and employment….”
Ms. Spears will address indigenous history in the local area, particularly focusing on the Narragansetts and Niantics, and connect that history to present-day activism, while sharing cultural artifacts and insights.
This program is co-sponsored by On Cue: Culture & Conversations at QV, the Office of the President, and the Student Government Association. The talk will be held in the Fireside Lounge at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
For more information, please contact M’lyn Hines in the QVCC library at 860-932-4056 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Released Nov. 22, 2018