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Media reminder: At UND, author David Treuer to talk about Native American history

On Wednesday, Nov. 1, the public is invited to UND to hear David Treuer speak about his bestselling book, ‘The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee’

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Who: David Treuer, bestselling author

What: Speaking engagement: A Keynote Journey through ‘The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee’ with David Treuer

When: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: In person OR Zoom

In person: Gorecki Alumni Center, Gransberg Community Room
3501 University Ave
Grand Forks, ND 58202

Zoom: A Zoom link will be sent to people who register for the event.

Background: Join us in-person or online via Zoom for an immersive and enlightening keynote speaking engagement featuring acclaimed author David Treuer, as we embark on a captivating exploration of his transformative book, “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee.”

People interested in attending (in-person or online) are invited to register here for the event.

Bestselling author David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Bush Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation.

His book, “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee,” was a 2019 finalist for both the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and Holocaust survivor, and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake Reservation. After graduating from high school, he attended Princeton University, where he wrote two senior theses — one in anthropology and one in creative writing — and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon and Joanna Scott.

Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, “Little,” in 1995. He received his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Michigan and published his second novel, “The Hiawatha,” in 1999. His third novel, “The Translation of Dr. Apelles,” and a book of criticism, “Native American Fiction; A User’s Manual,” appeared in 2006.

“The Translation of Dr. Apelles” was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post, Time Out and City Pages.

Treuer published his first major work of nonfiction, “Rez Life,” in 2012. His next novel, “Prudence,” was published by Riverhead Books in 2015. His essays and stories have appeared in Granta, Harper’s, Esquire, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Lucky Peach, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Orion and

For questions, contact

Teaching Transformation and Development Academy
University of North Dakota



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