The Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Oklahoma Humanities Council announces the Lowak Sho’li “Carry the Fire” Native Humanities Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., in the arts and humanities building at 201 N. Broadway in Ada, OK.
There will be a special reception to meet the scholars prior to the forum at 5:30 p.m. With a firm belief that open conversation fosters appreciation of cultural and historical diversity, greater understanding of the role of the humanities and provides opportunities for strong, reciprocal relationships, the forum will assemble a panel of five scholars to analyze and explore these and other topics related to issues of native humanities. In the Chickasaw language, lowak sho ‘li means to “carry the fire” next to one’s heart, a fitting symbol for this forum exploring issues of both ancient and contemporary tribal history and culture.
The Chickasaw Nation Division of Arts and Humanities carries its own ardent fire for the humanities with a goal to ignite a passion for the humanities in others. This fire—the humanities—is essential, vital, life sustaining and renewing for all.
2012 scholars include:
Phillip Morgan, Ph.D., Panel Chair
Senior Staff Writer, Chickasaw Press
Chickasaw Nation Writer-in-Residence
Joshua D. Hinson
Director of the Chickasaw Language Department and Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program
Chickasaw Nation Division of History & Culture
James T. Bialac Assistant Curator of Native American & Non-Western Art at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and adjunct faculty, University of Oklahoma
Joshua Grasso, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English & Languages