Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) is delighted to present the 2nd annual Ruth A. Myers Lecture Series in the Sciences and Humanities featuring Minnesota Poet Laureate, Gwen Westerman, on Thursday, March 30, 2023. Westerman’s presentation, Can Art Save the Earth?, will discuss our responsibility to Earth, how we make sense of the world we are living in, and more. This exciting free event begins with a feast provided by the 13 Moons FDLTCC Extension Program at 6:00 pm and is open to the community. Westerman’s presentation begins at FDLTCC begins at 7:00 pm and will also be available on Zoom. For more information on the event, please visit https://link.fdltcc.edu/Ruth-A-Myers-Lecture-Series.
“We are honored to welcome Minnesota Poet Laureate, Gwen Westerman,” shared FDLTCC English Faculty Member, Maglina Lubovich, PhD, “Westerman is ideal for this series, as her poetry functions as an act of storytelling, one that uses language—both English and Dakota—to explore our place in the natural world.”
The Ruth A. Myers Lecture Series in the Sciences and Humanities commemorates the fundamental importance of the liberal arts tradition to higher education and to understanding who we are as human beings in this complex world. Ruth A. Myers was a champion of Indigenous education and among the founders of FDLTCC.
“The Ruth A. Myers Lecture Series in the Sciences & Humanities began two years ago in the hope of showing the importance and value of the liberal arts, both for our students and for our communities,” explained Lubovich, “Our inaugural lecture featured Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of Braiding Sweetgrass.”
Gwen Nell Westerman is a poet, a teacher, and a fiber artist, which are all aspects of storytelling. And on occasion, she sings, too. A member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, she is a Professor in English at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and teaches Technical Communication, Literature, Creative Writing, and Humanities. She serves as the current Minnesota Poet Laureate.
For more information on the 2023 Ruth A. Myers Lecture Series in the Sciences and Humanities featuring Minnesota Poet Laureate, Gwen Westerman, please visit https://link.fdltcc.edu/Ruth-A-Myers-Lecture-Series or contact Maglina Lubovich, at mlubovich*AT*fdltcc.edu.