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

Reunion 2018 Kicks Off Sesquicentennial

Reunion 2018 Kicks Off Sesquicentennial

“America’s Got Talent” hit Robert Channing will highlight the College's anniversary with a special painting.


SUNY Honors Five Faculty and Staff Members

SUNY Honors Five Faculty and Staff Members

The Cortland employees earned SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Excellence.


Annual Leadership Conference Helps Develop CNY Educators

Annual Leadership Conference Helps Develop CNY Educators

Author George Couros will discuss innovation and creativity with both working and aspiring school administrators from throughout the region.


Local Foundation Supports Musical Groups

Local Foundation Supports Musical Groups

The Dan & Rose McNeil Foundation will sponsor the College-Community Orchestra and Choral Union.


Justin Teague Academic All-American for Second Straight Season

Justin Teague Academic All-American for Second Straight Season

SUNY Cortland senior catcher Justin Teague has been selected as a 2018 Google Cloud Division III Baseball Third Team Academic All-American.


Summer Sports Camps Start Soon

Summer Sports Camps Start Soon

Young athletes can learn from college coaches and players in a variety of sports this summer.


Students Earn National Gilman Scholarships

Students Earn National Gilman Scholarships

The prestigious award supports a student's expenses to study abroad.


SUNY Cortland’s Vending Solution Earns National Recognition

SUNY Cortland’s Vending Solution Earns National Recognition

The College's solution for round-the-clock vending has drawn attention from other campuses.


SUNY Cortland’s Musical Theatre Major Named a Hidden Gem

SUNY Cortland’s Musical Theatre Major Named a Hidden Gem

The program was listed as one of the "five most underrated" in the Northeast.


SUNY Cortland Adds New Major in Healthcare Management

SUNY Cortland Adds New Major in Healthcare Management

The degree prepares students for roles in finance, human resources or business management across various healthcare settings.


Explore

Visit

Contact