Author, entrepreneur and member of the Blackfeet Nation, Gyasi Ross will deliver the inaugural Claire M. Hubbard First Peoples of the Plains Lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 11 at the Sheldon Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Ross’ talk is the first in what will become an annual lecture event, made possible by contributions from Anne M. Hubbard and the Claire M. Hubbard Foundation. The goal of the annual lecture and surrounding events is to help advance the understanding and appreciation of the cultural heritage of the First Peoples of the Plains.
Ross, who is currently living in Seattle, graduated from Columbia Law School and now is a practicing attorney with Crowell Law Office-Tribal Advocacy Group, specializing in the economic development of tribes.
The inaugural Hubbard event will include free cultural offerings and a public reception in Sheldon’s Great Hall. Also, a free program of Native American family activities will be offered at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall.
Admission to Morrill Hall will be free from Oct. 11-13.
The complete Hubbard Lecture event schedule is:
5 to 6 p.m. — Kateri Warrior Drum and Dance Group from St. Augustine Indian Mission, from Winnebago, Neb., in Sheldon Museum of Art Sculpture Garden
6 to 7 p.m. — Reception in Sheldon’s Great Hall with activities in museum galleries and the Ethel S. Abbott Auditorium, including: Poetry Slam, Auditorium, with emcee Matt Mason; Poets Chris August, Dan Leamen, Zedeka Poindexter, Katie F-S, of the Nebraska Writers Collective; and guided tours by student docents highlighting paintings by Native American artists
7 to 8:30 p.m. — Hubbard Lecture and Discussion, “The Brilliance of Indigenous Mentorship and the Current Crisis To Native Communities When Mentorship Disappears,” Gyasi Ross.
1:30 to 4:30 p.m. – “First Peoples Celebration” at Morrill Hall