Author to visit SU during annual Day of Awareness


Shippensburg University’s Day of Understanding, an annual event that celebrates diversity and individualism, will feature a lecture by author Sherman Alexie on Wednesday.

A Spokane and Couer d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up on a Spokane Indian reservation in Washington. He has loosely discussed his experiences in several of the 25 books he has written, including “Thunder Boy Jr.” and “The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian.”

Throughout his career, Alexie has won numerous awards in recognition of his writing, such as the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. He also won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for his work with “Smoke Signals.”

Additional Day of Understanding events include a ShipTalks session at 2 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building.

Alexie’s lecture will be held tomorrow at 7 p.m. in the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center.

The event is free to the public. Guests are welcome to attend a Native American dinner from 4–7:15 p.m. in Reisner Dining Hall for $10 or with a meal plan.

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