Roberts to Give Naef Scholars Last Lecture

Written by Laura Paskin
April 2, 2015

Professor Christina Roberts, Departments of English and Women and Gender Studies, presents "Moving beyond the Master Narrative: Indigeneity, Ecofeminism, and the Stories that Shape Us" as this year's Naef Scholars "Last Lecture" on April 8. Roberts was chosen by Naef Scholars who asked that she discuss a topic important to her intellectual life as if it were her last lecture.

In her presentation, Roberts will focus on early narratives about Seattle's origins, Kikisebloo (Princess Angeline), and how the city's origin stories influenced interactions between people and their shared lands. She will examine the rhetorical patterns that normalized domination and control and explore the legacies of these local master narratives.

Roberts, who received her PhD in English from the University of Arizona, joined the faculty in 2007. Her research and teaching focus on American Literature; Native American and First Nations literatures; Ecocriticism; Environmental Justice. Her scholarship includes "Narrative Healing in Betty Louise Bell's Faces in the Moon: A Tribute to Cherokee Continuance" in Studies in American Indian Literatures (2013) and "Treaty Rights Ignored: Neocolonialism and the Makah Whale Hunt" in The Kenyon Review (Winter 2010). ?

This Naef Scholars Last Lecture, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 9, 2015, in Bannan Auditorium. A Q&A follows the presentation.

The Naef Scholarship Program, funded from the estate of Sue Naef, supports financially and educationally full-time upper-level undergraduate students. Currently, 14 of the 25 Naef Scholars are in the College of Arts and Sciences.