Engaged Resistance

Activism & Aesthetics of the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz
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In anticipation of the annual Alcatraz Thanksgiving Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering, poet and scholar Dean Rader will lead an interactive presentation on the Indian Occupation of Alcatraz that took place from 1969-1971.  Rader is the author of the award-winning book, Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI, which explores the concept of "aesthetic activism" that, as Rader demonstrates, began during the Alcatraz occupation. In this presentation, Rader will talk about and show examples of the art, poetry, and other documents produced during the occupation that he believes set the stage for important works of Native American painting, public art, poetry, fiction, essays, and film.

Engaged Resistance (book cover)

Dean Rader publishes widely in the fields of poetry, visual culture, and Indigenous Studies. His scholarly books include Engaged Resistance: American Indian Art, Literature, and Film from Alcatraz to the NMAI (University of Texas Press, 2011), which won the Beatrice Medicine Award for Excellence in American Indian Scholarship and Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (University of Arizona Press, 2001, edited with Janice Gould). Along with Cindy Fuhrman, he is co-editing Native Voices: An Anthology of Indigenous Poetry and Craft (Tupelo Press). Rader’s most recent collection of poems is Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry (Copper Canyon), and he co-edited Bullets Into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence (Beacon Press). He is a professor at the University of San Francisco.

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