In Photos: Acclaimed screenwriter and filmmaker Ryan RedCorn visits BGSU as part of In The Round speaker series
More than 300 people attend RedCorn’s Sept. 8 trip to BGSU, part of the annual speaker series that highlights Native American and Indigenous creatives
Acclaimed filmmaker, performer and Writers Guild of America screenwriter Ryan RedCorn visited Bowling Green State University on Sept. 8 as part of In The Round, the BGSU annual speaker series that highlights and features creatives from Native American and Indigenous backgrounds.
RedCorn, who was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, is a member of the Osage Nation who has written for the FX television show “Reservation Dogs.” He screened his short film, “Dead Bird Hearts,” before giving a lecture with a question-and-answer session.
The event drew more than 300 visitors to the Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center for the Arts, a sign of continued growth for the event series designed to inspire connection to and knowledge of Native arts.
“Ryan RedCorn’s visit to BGSU fulfilled a dream of In The Round, as he has been on our list of speakers to invite at the conception of the series,” said Jenn Stucker, an associate professor and chair of graphic design at BGSU who helped co-create the series.
“Like our previous speakers, Ryan’s visit reflected our aspirations of showcasing Native American and Indigenous creatives in the arts. As a graphic designer, photographer, filmmaker, WGA screenwriter, musician and improv performer, Ryan’s diverse forms of creative expression connected to attendees’ interests in the arts on many levels.”
In The Round, which was co-created by Stucker and Heidi Nees, assistant professor of theater and film, aims to highlight Native American creatives who work in areas of art in which BGSU has academic programs, including design, theater and film, creative writing, music and art.
During RedCorn’s question-and-answer session, he spoke about the importance of community, which Stucker said aligned with the University’s core values of making our communities better places to live.
“A resounding sentiment expressed by Ryan throughout his hour-long Q&A session was the importance of supporting his community, which serendipitously underscores our University’s purpose as a public university for the public good,” Stucker said. “We were honored to bring this prolific creative to our campus, and we are thankful to the many supporters of the series who made this event possible.”
Updated: 09/20/2023 01:42PM