Native Author Discusses Writing and Art - SUNY Cortland

Native Author Discusses Writing and Art

 Native Author Discusses Writing and Art

11/09/2013 

A closer look at the Haudenosaunee culture will be offered when Native author and visual artist Eric Gansworth compares his cross disciplines in writing and art during his visit to SUNY Cortland on Thursday, Nov. 14.

The Haudenosaunee, also known as Iroquois, refer to the people of the Six Nations of Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora.

Gansworth, a member of the Onondaga Nation, will present “The Visual in Literary Art” at 6 p.m. in Corey Union, Rooms 201-203. The accomplished author and artist is an English professor and Lowery Writer in Residence at Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Gansworth’s work is a commentary on the oral tradition existing within Haudenosaunee culture and its fluid nature. He uses iconography recognizable in the context of the mythic Haudenosaunee world, yet alters it to reflect issues relevant to a more contemporary Haudenosaunee existence.

Of special interest is that his work primarily is set in the western part of New York state, along the Niagara Frontier and the Tuscarora Reservation.

“Eric is an important guest to hear as he is so accomplished in both literary and visual work, and his characters are our neighbors,” English Department lecturer Linda Rosekrans said. “Here’s a great opportunity to learn diversity from those who are members of their communities, rather than leaving the topic solely to academic study.”

Gansworth is the author of 10 published books, including a new novel for young adults, along with a collection of short stories and poetry. His first play was selected for the Public Theater’s second annual Native Theater Festival, and his work has appeared in dozens of journals around the world.

His visual work has been featured in solo and shared exhibits across the continent. Many of his dramas have been performed on campuses and his books have been adapted for courses at colleges and universities worldwide.

Gansworth’s visit is made possible through the support of the Campus Artist and Lecture Series, Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies, English Department, Research and Sponsored Programs Office, President’s Office, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Rosekrans by email or by phone at 607-753-4307.


More News

Cortland Adapted PE Expert Presents at the United Nations

Cortland Adapted PE Expert Presents at the United Nations

Timothy Davis, an associate professor of physical education, spoke at a UN conference on sports and disabilities.


College Earns Major Grant to Promote Inclusive Play

College Earns Major Grant to Promote Inclusive Play

The Inclusive Recreation Resource Center will launch a two-year, two-part project.


Live In Cortland Puts Roof Over Homeownership

Live In Cortland Puts Roof Over Homeownership

A pilot program can help employees afford home ownership in Cortland.


Club Brings First Ever 3D Printer to SUNY Cortland

Club Brings First Ever 3D Printer to SUNY Cortland

A team of intrepid students created a "waving cat" as their first product.


Cortland Researchers Offer PE Teachers Help with Transgender Issues

Cortland Researchers Offer PE Teachers Help with Transgender Issues

The published article looks to improve the ways teachers work with students who identify as transgender.


Campus Water Tests Meet EPA Safety Standards for Lead

Campus Water Tests Meet EPA Safety Standards for Lead

Tests show SUNY Cortland's drinking water is below the EPA treshold for lead


High Jump National Title, Four Top-10 Finishes Cap Strong Spring

High Jump National Title, Four Top-10 Finishes Cap Strong Spring

Cortland junior Nick Vachon won the national title in the high jump at the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 27.


Orientation Programs Begin June 20

Orientation Programs Begin June 20

SUNY Cortland will welcome more than 1,800 new first-year and transfer students and their families to campus for Orientation this summer.


Staff Discounts Offered for SUNY Cortland Sports Camps

Staff Discounts Offered for SUNY Cortland Sports Camps

SUNY Cortland faculty and staff can get a $20 discount when they send a child to one of the College’s Summer Sports Camps.


Popular Summer Program for Teachers Goes Digital

Popular Summer Program for Teachers Goes Digital

The three-week Summer Institute offers up to six graduate credits and more than 80 professional development credit hours for teachers.


Explore

Visit

Contact