“Speaking of Languages, Ojibwe, and Minnesota”

Professor Larry Aitken, Endowed Chair and Director of the American Indian Studies at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids, Minn., and the Tribal Historian for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, will present “Speaking of Languages, Ojibwe, and Minnesota” Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the MSUM King Hall Auditorium.

His lecture at MSUM will outline the history of the Ojibwe people in Minnesota and show the need to preserve Ojibwemowin, the native language. Aitken will also speak on the programs in place to record and revitalize the Ojibwe language. After the lecture, Aitken will field questions.

Aitken has worked extensively on the preservation of Ojibwe culture throughout Minnesota; nationally he has been a speaker at the University of Pennsylvania and at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia. He has also collaborated with White Earth Tribal College on a National Endowment for the Humanities Initiatives grant in 2007 entitled, “Gi-bugadin-a-maa-goom: To Sanction, To Give Authority, To Bring to Life.”

This event provides an excellent opportunity to learn about historical as well as contemporary Ojibwe language and culture in Minnesota. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Susan Imbarrato, English Department, at:
218.477.4674 or simbarra@mnstate.edu

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