Oct. 25, 2005
Morningside College has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host “Women of Warmth, Wisdom, and War: Images of Native American Women in Westerns,” a presentation by Humanities Iowa speaker Helen Lewis. The program is slated for Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue. The free event is open to the public. The event is also sponsored by Morningside’s Academic and Cultural Arts Series (ACAS) and Grace United Methodist Church in Sioux City.
The program will explore how film critics and viewers often dismiss Native American women in western films as stereotyped characters and will offer new perspectives on their roles as healers, counselors, and warriors. Lewis will utilize clips from western films to give emphasis to her discussion.
Lewis has taught English and humanities courses since 1971. She currently is instructor of English at Western Iowa Tech Community College. She holds special interest in western films, women artists, and medieval mysteries. She portrays Jane Addams for the Great Plains Chautauqua Society, Inc., High Plains Chautauqua, and as part of the Humanities Iowa Speakers Bureau, among others.
Lewis holds a bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Humanities Iowa, a cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
For more information or for persons with disabilities who require special assistance, contact Sandi O’Brien, director of Diversity Affairs at Morningside, at (712) 274-5123, or the office of Public Relations at (712) 274-5320.