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University of Kansas professor to give AIR Lecture on Sept. 19

Sarah Deer, professor of women, gender and sexuality studies at the University of Kansas, is the featured speaker for the fifth annual American Indian Returnings, or AIR, Lecture.

Open free to the public, this year’s lecture will be held on Sept. 19 at 4:30 p.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art. The lecture is supported by the Eidson Foundation Fund, the English department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, with support by the Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia.

The AIR lecture series celebrates Native American scholars and authors and their “return” from exile to the Southeast.

A 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Deer also is chief justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals. This year, she confronts the issue of rape among Native women in North America.  Her work centers on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights in her book The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America (University of Minnesota Press 2015).