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Evansville Arts Coalition to present Professor Jay Williams

As part of Evansville Arts Coalition's monthly Native American studies group, it is proud to present Professor Jay Williams.

Williams will give a presentation on "Contemporary Challenges to Indian Identity and the Emergence of Race in Colonial North America." His presentation will take place Thursday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Evansville Art Center in downtown Evansville.

Williams welcomes questions or comments. Refreshments will be provided and a free will offering will be taken.

A doctoral candidate in the University of Chicago's Department of Comparative Human Development, Williams is a published author and recently served as a professor of communications at Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland.

A fourth-generation Minnesotan of mixed race, he recently returned to Minnesota. His interests include contemporary American Indian issues, hybridity, globalization, ethnic identity development and cultural performance.

His life experiences include conducting service programs in Chicago, Newark and Philadelphia; serving on the board of directors for the American Indian Center of Chicago; and performing with the Crikett Hill Singers of Chicago.

Williams is well traveled in both Indian Country and Academia. He has served as a drum judge at numerous powwows including the Gathering of Nations, and graduated from Princeton University with honors.

He is currently focused on finishing his doctoral thesis involving the American Indian and Japanese American communities in Chicago; furthering his involvement in Landmark Education; and transitioning back into life in Minnesota.

EAC is supported by grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Lake Region Arts Council through a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation.