MALS Lecture Series: "Newspaper-making isn’t play": Native American Boarding School Students Write Back

Event date: 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Room 1100, NAB
Dr. Jacqueline Emery



Dr. Jacqueline Emery, an Assistant Professor of English, will be speaking about “‘Newspaper-making isn’t play’: Native American Boarding School Students Write Back,” as part of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Public Lecture Series.
The presentation will highlight several newspapers that were printed and edited by students at federal boarding schools of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Seneca Indian School’s The Hallaquah (1879–81), Carlisle Indian Industrial School’s School News (1880–83), and Hampton Institute’s Talks and Thoughts of the Hampton Indian Students (1886–1907). These newspapers belong to a vast newspaper archive that remains largely understudied despite providing insight into how boarding school students employed the periodical as a powerful tool for writing against cultural erasure and for serving the interests of Native communities. Boarding school newspapers, much like the schools themselves, were complex sites of negotiation. Writing for and editing boarding school newspapers, Native Americans developed multiple strategies to negotiate the different and sometimes competing demands and expectations of Native and non-Native audiences in order to gain visibility and the authority to speak.  By discussing some of the rich and diverse writings that appear in her edited collection, “Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press,” Emery will explain how boarding school students demonstrated their agency by fashioning identities for themselves as writers and editors, thus contributing to an expanding history of Native American literature.
Dr. Emery teaches courses at all levels of the curriculum, from English Composition I to Senior Seminars I and II. She specializes in Native American literature, multiethnic American women’s literature, and periodical studies. She has published essays in American Periodicals, Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, and MELUS: Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Her book, "Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press" (U of Nebraska P, 2017), won the 2018 Popular Cultural Association Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture and was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2018.  The collection features Native-authored texts in a variety of genres from letters, editorials, and essays to short stories and offers readers insight into the boarding school legacy and its influence on Native American literary production.  
The Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Public Lecture Series features innovative research by Old Westbury’s MALS-affiliated faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. Presenters share their expertise as scholars, provide insights into current events, and engage in discussion with audience members. Lectures are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. Space may be limited, so be sure to plan ahead. To learn more about the graduate program, or the Lecture Series, please contact friskena [at] (subject: Master%20of%20Arts%20in%20Liberal%20Studies%20Public%20Lecture%20Series) (Amanda Frisken).