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California State University, Chico’s Book in Common Project Presents ‘Women of Wisdom’ on Feb. 24

Date: 02-20-2017

Ashley Gebb
Public Affairs
Sara E. Cooper
Book in Common Faculty Liaison

California State University, Chico’s 2016–2017 Book in Common project presents “Women of Wisdom,” an evening of storytelling, learning and food on Friday, Feb. 24. The event will take place from 4–7 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU), Room 203.

“Women of Wisdom” introduces several Native American women coming together to share their wisdom through the power of traditional oral narration. This event honors the traditions and philosophies of this country’s preceding nations. Attendees can come to a greater appreciation of the wisdom that is historically and presently contained in today’s tribal communities.

“We do have such a long history to tell,” said Assistant Director of Associated Students (AS) Programs and Government Affairs Sharleen Lowry Krater (BA, Sociology, ’06). “And we are on Maidu land, we’re surrounded by all these tribes,” she said.

Krater, who has Maidu, Washo and Pit River ancestry, will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies and will tell how she connected to her family and Native American roots after the death of her father. She said she wants to share her journey as a way to help students who face similar experiences and cultural expectations in their lives.

“I didn’t grow up with my dad’s side of the family. I wasn’t really raised in the tradition,” said Krater. “I’m hoping to connect with students who also feel like they’re being asked to speak for that population, or that they should know more about their tribe or their history than they do.”

In addition to Krater, the storytellers will include:

  • Sandra Knight (Mechoopda)
  • Elizabeth Lara-O’Rourke (Yurok, Hupa, Chilula)
  • Susan Campbell (Maidu)
  • Joyce González (Apache, Pueblo, Eastern Cherokee)
  • Kimberly Cunningham-Summerfield (Tsalagi)
  • Trina Cunningham (Mountain Maidu from Greenville)

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., offering attendees the opportunity to speak with the storytellers in an informal setting over light appetizers. “We want it to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible,” Krater said.

“Women of Wisdom” is sponsored by Book in Common, the Office of the President, the Division of Student Affairs, the Cross-Cultural Leadership Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Multicultural and Gender Studies Department. Other sponsors include the Anthropology Department, the School of Education, Regional & Continuing Education, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the Chico Student Success Center.

"Women of Wisdom" is one of the spring events planned around the 2016–2017 Book in Common, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. A prominent leader in the women’s rights movement, Steinem inspires others to recognize the substantive contributions that indigenous women have made toward social justice.

Visit the Book in Common website, www.csuchico.edu/bic, for information on future events.

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in any of these events or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.