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Virtual lecture by author and historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz Sponsored by Kent State University School of Biological Sciences.
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ph.D., grew up in rural central Oklahoma, as a child of a tenant farming family. She received BA in history at San Francisco State College, master’s and doctorate degrees in history at the University of California, Los Angeles, a MFA in creative writing at Mills College and a law degree in international and comparative law of human rights in Strasbourg, France.
As a veteran of the 60s revolution, she organized against the U.S. war in Vietnam, U.S. imperialism, racism, South African Apartheid, workers’ rights, women’s liberation and the restoration of Native American Nations’ lands and sovereignty, helping build Indigenous peoples’ participation in United Nations fora. She visited and reported to the U.N. on refugees from the 1980s Central American wars. She received the 2015 American Book Award and the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize.
A historian, writer, lecturer and professor emeritus at California State University, she is the author and editor of 15 books, including a historical-memoir trilogy: Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War; as well as An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States (2014).
Dunbar-Ortiz is currently working on a book of essays on Christian nationalism.
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