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Strong Women/Strong Nations 4: Joy Harjo
"Strong Women/Strong Nations: Native American Women & Leadership" is a day-long symposium examining the complex identities of Native women through lively, insightful discussions by elected tribal leaders, activists, artists, and business leaders about the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities confronting women today. In this segment, playwright, musician, poet, and artist Joy Harjo reads from her play "Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light." Then attorney and playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle engages in a conversation with her about her life and work. Joy Harjo (Muscogee Creek) is the author of eight books of poetry, including Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings, How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo’s memoir Crazy Brave won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2015 Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets; a Guggenheim Fellowship; the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America; and the United States Artist Fellowship. A renowned musician, Harjo performs with her saxophone nationally and internationally, solo and with her band, the Arrow Dynamics. She is Professor of English and American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Mary Kathryn Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, studied theater at Georgetown University, and went on to Tulane Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude. She has worked as an associate at a law firm in New York for the past four years, working on litigation relating to structured finance, bankruptcy, qui tam, and federal Indian law. She is currently a partner at Pipestem Law Firm P.C. Nagle is a 2013 alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She is the author of Manahatta, Miss Lead, Fairly Traceable, In My Father’s Eyes, Sliver WOMEN NATIONS Native American Women & Leadership of a Full Moon, Diamonds … are a Boy’s Best Friend, and My Father’s Bones (a play she co-wrote with Suzan Shown Harjo). The symposium was webcast and recorded at the Rasmuson Theater of the National Museum of the American Indian on March 18, 2016.
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27 min 37 sec
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