How does Diné philosophy inform literary research? What is Diné literature and how does literary culture on the Navajo Nation lend itself to tribal nation building? Diné writer and literary scholar Lemanuel Loley '16 will share his thoughts in a lecture on
In his work, Loley draws on ancestral Diné philosophy and his experience growing up on the Navajo Nation in New Mexico before attending a predominantly white, private college in the Midwest to make sense of a Diné literary culture. His lecture, titled "'Hahoolzhiizh ídáá’ saad hóózhǫǫd: In the beginning of time, there was beautiful and harmonious language': Diné Philosophy, Literary Culture, and Tribal Nation Building in the Glittering World," will expand upon Loley’s research in analyzing contemporary Diné literature using Diné cultural and spiritual principles while arguing that Diné literature exists outside of Euro-American genre and canon. He will also discuss how his writing and literary research led him to developing the Emerging Diné Writers’ Institute, a summer program which brings together emerging Diné writers and acclaimed Diné authors for writing workshops at Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico.
Loley will also give a reading on Thursday, March 21, at 11:10 a.m. in the Upper Horn Gallery.
Sponsored by Indigenous Nations at Kenyon (INK), Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI), the American Studies Department and the Hubbard Chair Fund.
Wednesday, March 20 at 4:10pm to 5:00pm
201 College Park St, Gambier, OH 43022
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