Please join us at the Presidio Officers Club's Moraga Hall with historian Benjamin Madley and Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and author Greg Sarris for a discussion about the historical and contemporary effects of California Indian Genocide on the state and its Native tribes. Madley will present on his new book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873 then the program will transition into a discussion between Madley and Sarris about the themes in this book, California Indian Genocide in general, and how this history continues to effect tribes like Sarris' today.
Benjamin Madley is associate professor of History and chair of American Indian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. He focuses on the histories of Native America, the United States, and genocide in world history. He holds a B.A., M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Yale University and an M.St. from Oxford University.
Greg Sarris received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Walter Gore Award for excellence in teaching. He has published several books, including Grand Avenue (1994), an award-winning collection of short stories, which he adapted for an HBO miniseries and co-executive produced with Robert Redford. He is serving his twelfth elected term as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. Formerly a full professor of English at UCLA, and then the Fletcher Jones Professor of Creative Writing and Literature at Loyola Marymount University, Greg now holds the position of Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Endowed Chair of Sonoma State University, where he teaches a number of courses in Creative Writing, American Literature, and American Indian Literature.
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