Events and Activities 


AUTHOR DAY: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sherman Alexie will be on campus to give readings and sign your book! 

Author Day information can be found below along with a list of events and activities addressing the themes and topics raised by this year's One Book, Blasphemy. New items are added on a regular basis, so keep checking back.

All events are free!

September 10-October 15, 2014

DINE AND DISCUSS: Informal and Social Discussion Groups in the Dining Commons

Want to discuss the One Book? Don't know what to make of a particular story? Want to develop close reading skills? Need to prepare for class? Residential Life, First Year Experience, and One Book Program are joining together to provide informal and social opportunities for students to discuss this year's One Book, Blasphemy, during the dinner hour. Each week until Author Day, October 16, a faculty member and student volunteers will be available to discuss individual stories as scheduled below. There will be time at the end of the hour to discuss other stories.

Date: Wednesdays, September 10-October 15, 2014
Time: 5.30-6.45pm
Location: Dining Commons, small meeting room

Schedule of readings:

September 10: "War Dances" and "This is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona"
September 17: "Midnight Basketball" and "Protest"
September 24: "The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven" and "Night People"
October 1: "Green World" and "Indian Education"
October 8: "Gentrification" and "Whatever Happened to Frank Snake Church?"
October 15: "What You Pawn I Will Redeem" and "The Search Engine"

For more information, please contact any Residential Life Coordinator or Assistant Director of Programming at Housing and Residential Life.

September 29-December 12, 2014

LIBRARY EXHIBIT: Before “The Search Engine”:  Education, Identity and Tradition 

In “The Search Engine,” Alexie introduces us to Corliss, a Spokane Indian and Washington State undergraduate whose passion for school and poetry bemuses her extended family—and occasionally—Corliss, herself. Native American encounters with the U.S. educational system have always been fraught with tremendous challenges to individual and collective cultural identities.  For American Indians born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, on and off-reservation boarding and day schools were traumatic sites of federally and missionary funded ethnocide—or “Americanization”—where tribal languages and traditions were systematically denigrated and suppressed. Nonetheless, many American Indians not only survived these institutions, but also used them to further their own passions and ambitions—as individuals, and as members of Indigenous communities.  This exhibit explores the intertwined themes of education, identity, and tradition with historical and contemporary examples drawn from the regional, state and national landscape.
Curated by Dr. Terri CastanedaDepartment of Anthropology, and Dr. Brian Baker (Bad River Chippewa), Department of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies Program.

Dates: September 29-December 12, 2014
 University Library Mezzanine, Second Floor

For more information, please contact Dr. Brian Baker at

Opens October 1, 2014

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS EXHIBIT: The Frank LaPena Papers: Negotiating Indigeneity in The Museum, 1970-1999 

The exhibit focuses on issues of Native American identity, sovereignty and representation in museums using the Frank LaPena Papers as a vital location of knowledge from which Frank LaPena, as artist, activist, and collector, provides a locus for understanding the complexity and diversity of indigenous articulations of tradition and culture in the late twentieth century.

Curated by Valerie Garcia; assisted by Katryn Davis; and supervised by Sheila O’Neill, Director of Special Collections.

Date: Opens October 1, 2014
TimeMonday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Library 1511

For more information, please contact Sheila O'Neill at (916) 278-6144. To find out more about Special Collectionsplease click here.

AUTHOR DAY: Thursday, October 16, 2014

All events are free!

Q&A and Discussion for Learning Communities

"Native American Repatriation: Science, Sovereignty and Human Remains"

The panel addresses issues related to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), a federal law passed in 1990.  Excavating Native American burial sites and collecting human remains has been questioned by Native leaders for some time, and with the implementation of NAGPRA, a process regulating the excavation of burial sites and the repatriation of human remains to Native Nations has been put in place.  Recently, a development in Larkspur, California, resulted in disturbing a Coast Miwok burial site.  Rather than allowing the human remains and artifacts unearthed to be retained by scientists for academic purposes, political leaders representing the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria decided to re-bury the human remains and artifacts at an undisclosed location.  Panelists will provide information, knowledge and experience related to "Native American repatriation” while addressing important issues related to NAGPRA.

Mark Basgall, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Co-Director of the Archaeological Research Center, Sacramento State University
Vanessa Esquivido-Meza (Nor Rel Muk Wintu), Graduate Student, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis
Nicole Lim (Pomo), Executive Director, California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, Santa Rosa

Brian Baker, Ph.D. (Bad River Chippewa), Department of Ethnic Studies, Director of Native American Studies, Sacramento State University

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 10 am
Location: Ballroom, University Union

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.

Instructors can find teaching resources on the Teaching Resources page. 

Mid-Day Reading and Campus Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"Sherman Alexie: A Reading from Blasphemy" 

Sherman Alexie will read from his collection of short stories, Blasphemy, which unites fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers, including some of his most esteemed tales, including “What You Pawn I Will Redeem,” “This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona,” “The Toughest Indian in the World,” and his most recent, “War Dances,” along with Alexie’s new stories about donkey basket­ball leagues, lethal wind turbines, a twenty-four hour Asian manicure salon, good and bad marriages, and all species of warriors in America today.

Dean Sheree Meyer, Undergraduate Studies and Founder of the One Book Program, will introduce the panelists.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: noon
Location: Ballroom, University Union
Book Signing: Immediately following

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.

Public Reading and Lecture by Sherman Alexie

"An Evening with Sherman Alexie" 

A dynamic and engaging speaker, Sherman Alexie reads from Blasphemy, a collection of short stories uniting fifteen beloved classics with fifteen new stories in one sweeping anthology for devoted fans and first-time readers. Taking a wry, poignant, and searing look at the Pacific Northwest, Alexie tells stories that encompass American life with wit and grit. As part of the One Book Program's commitment to expanding cultural and intellectual life in the region, this lecture is free to the public.

Provost Frederika "Fraka" Harmsen will introduce Mr. Alexie.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 7 pm
Location: Ballroom, University Union
Parking: Free in Structure II between 6-10 pm.
Book Signing: Immediately following

For more information, please contact UNIQUE at (916) 278-6997. To find out more about UNIQUE, please click here.

October 21, 2014

FREE FILM SERIES: Two Spirits (2009) 

Filmmaker Lydia Nibley explores the cultural context behind a tragic and senseless murder. Fred Martinez was a Navajo youth slain at the age of 16 by a man who bragged to his friends that he 'bug-smashed a fag'. But Fred was part of an honored Navajo tradition - the 'nadleeh', or 'two-spirit', who possesses a balance of masculine and feminine traits. Through telling Fred's story, Nibley reminds us of the values that America's indigenous peoples have long embraced. Directed by Lydia Nibley; Written by Russell Martin and Lydia Nibley.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Orchard Suite, University Union

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at or (916) 278-6101.

November 18, 2014

FREE FILM SERIES: Russell Means: Welcome to the American Reservation Prison Camp (2011)

Chief Russell Means gives an eye-opening 90 minute interview in which he explains how Native Americans and Americans in general are all imprisoned within one huge reservation. Means is a leader for the Republic of Lakota, a movement that has declared its independence from the United States and refused to recognize the authority of presidents or governments, withdrawing from treaties it made with the federal government and defining its borders which cover thousands of square miles in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana. 

Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time:1.30-3.30 pm
Location: Multi-Cultural Center, Library 1010

For more information, please contact the Multi-Cultural Center at or (916) 278-6101.


  • FREE FILM SERIES: Smoke Signals (1998) 

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