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Celebrating Native American Heritage

Paul C. Rosier, Ph.D., an associate professor in history, will discuss his book, Serving Their Country: American Indian Politics and Patriotism in the Twentieth Century, to commemorate Native American Heritage Month on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 4:30 p.m. in Falvey Memorial Library’s first floor lounge.

Native American Heritage Month celebrates both the distinctive elements of Native culture and the contributions that Native people have made in shaping America. This event will feature Frank L. Henninger, director of the Villanova University Shop, playing a Native American flute.

Dr. Rosier’s talk will focus on the ways in which Native activists and politicians used the material legacy of 19th century conquest in the American West, the hundreds of  international treaties the U.S. government signed with Indian nations, to further the moral reputation of America as it assumed a prominent role in shaping world affairs in the 20th century.

He also considers how the frontier narrative of the 19th century continues to define 21st century events, such as the U.S.–Iraq war.

The presentation includes images from his book, published by Harvard University Press.

It is hoped that this lecture will spark conversation about the participation of Native Americans in United States politics and their continued patriotism even after the history of dishonorable treatment from the U.S. government.

Dr. Rosier has taught at Villanova University for 10 years. His classes include American Environmental History and Native American History.

The event, sponsored by Falvey Memorial Library, is open to the public. Copies of Dr. Rosier’s book, Serving Their Country, will be available for purchase.

By Akua K. Adoo, Publications & Communication intern, and Natalie Tomasco



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