In The Round: A Six-Part Speaker Series of Indigenous Creatives

In The Round: a six-part speaker series featuring Native American Creatives seeks to render visible—to the BGSU and local communities—the artistry, activism, and presence of contemporary Native American artists. This series is an extension of the recently-developed BGSU Land Acknowledgment, which provides a foundation upon which the university can build purposeful and sustained practices that seek to decolonize our institution. 

In The Round features Native American creatives who work in the areas of the arts here at BGSU: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Music, Creative Writing, Film, and Theatre. The series offers opportunities to enrich the learning, experiences, and perspectives of all members of our campus and local communities. By engaging contemporary Indigenous and Native American Artists, this series challenges erroneous and harmful stereotypes that continue to permeate American society today. Exposure to the artists’ works and techniques through which they share their experiences, worldviews, and reactions to the cultural and historical moment in which we all find ourselves facilitates growth and dynamic learning opportunities for students, staff, and faculty. 

To learn more about our Spring 2022 In The Round speakers, please check out our LibGuide by the Jerome Library. Check back for our Fall 2022 LibGuide. 

In The Round was made possible by Glanz Family Research Award for Interdisciplinary Faculty Innovation and Collaboration, Jane Labino Black Fund, BGSU President’s Office, Division of Diversity and Belonging, Division of Research and Economic Engagement, University Libraries, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Music, School of Art, School of Cultural and Critical Studies, Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, Department of English, Department of Theater & Film, Division of Graphic Design, Arts Village, ECAP, Wood County Public Library, and the Mazza Museum. 



Sadie Red Wing
Graphic Design and Educator

Public Lecture: Designing for Sovereign Tribal Nations in Higher Education Spaces

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Multipurpose Room / BTSU

Free and open to the public

Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum. Currently, Red Wing serves as an Assistant Professor at OCAD University (Toronto, ONT).


Frank Waln
Hip Hop Artist. Producer. Performer

Public Lecture: Lakota Influence on Contemporary Songwriting and Music Production

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022 at 5:30pm
Donnell Theater in the Wolfe Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public

Frank Waln is an award-winning Lakota music artist, speaker and writer from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. As a self-managed artist and small business owner, Frank Waln produces and self-releases award winning music that sheds light on Indigenous history and issues affecting Indigenous communities. As a writer, Frank Waln has written for numerous publications and was also a contributing author to the New York Times Best Selling book American Like Me. Frank Waln has appeared on MTV, ESPN and has performed his original works with the American Pops Orchestra on the PBS music series One Voice. Frank Waln was recently featured on the cover of Notable Native People: 50 Indigenous Leaders, Dreamers and Changemakers From Past and Present by Dr. Adrienne Keene. As a curator, Frank Waln is currently working with the Field Museum in Chicago to co-curate a music interactive space in the new Native Exhibition Hall which tells the story of how Frank’s culture and home community influence his work. Frank Waln’s music is available on all online streaming platform.

photo of Mary Kathryn Nagle's face in a circular frame

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Playwright and Lawyer

Public Lecture: The Sovereignty of Our Stories

Thursday, Oct. 13 at 5:30pm
Donnell Theater in the Wolfe Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public

Mary Kathryn Nagle is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.  As a playwright, screenwriter, and producer, Nagle asserts and restores Indigenous sovereignty over storytelling and representation. In many of her plays, Nagle’s creative work commingles with her legal work as an attorney at law through which she seeks to protect tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of Indian Nations to protect their women and children from domestic violence and sexual assault. From 2015 to 2019, she served as the first Executive Director of the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program. Nagle is an alum of the 2013 Public Theater Emerging Writers Program. Productions include Miss Lead (Amerinda, 59E59), Fairly Traceable (Native Voices at the Autry), Sovereignty (Arena Stage), Manahatta (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Return to Niobrara (Rose Theater), and Crossing Mnisose (Portland Center Stage), Sovereignty (Marin Theatre Company), and Manahatta (Yale Repertory Theatre). She has received commissions from Arena Stage, the Rose Theater (Omaha, Nebraska), Portland Center Stage, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Yale Repertory Theatre, Round House Theater, and Oregon Shakespeare Theater.

She is most well known for her work on ending violence against Native women. Her play Sliver of a Full Moon has been performed in law schools from Stanford to Harvard, NYU and Yale. She has worked extensively on Violence Against Women Act re-authorization, and she has filed numerous briefs in the United States Supreme Court, as a part of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s VAWA Sovereignty Initiative, including most recently, United States v. CooleyOklahoma v. McGirt, and Oklahoma v. Murphy. She represents numerous families of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, including Kaysera Stops Pretty Places’ family who have brought a public campaign demanding an investigation into her murder. More can be read at

Mary Kathryn’s creative work has recently expanded into film through her work as an Associate Producer on Prey (2022), the latest installment of the Predator series. Prey can be viewed on Hulu. 


Pat Pruitt

Public Lecture: I'm way funnier online - a reality check of technology and Native Art

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Multipurpose Room / BTSU

Free and open to the public

Pat Pruitt is a contemporary artist of Laguna, Chiricahua Apache and Anglo descent who is known for his cutting-edge work that uses innovative materials, design and fabrication techniques. He first learned jewelry-making by studying with Laguna jewelers Greg Lewis and Charlie Bird, who gave him a solid foundation in traditional materials like silver and copper and traditional techniques such as repoussé. In college Pruitt studied mechanical engineering and worked as a machinist, an experience that led him to open Custom Steel Body Jewelry. With his knowledge of machining technology and his love of working in stainless steel, he developed his distinctive style of stainless steel jewelry that challenges notions of what Native American jewelry is. Pruitt’s Native American heritage inspires his jewelry but he gives every design a contemporary, industrial edge. Pruitt has received first and second place awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market and currently lives in the village of Paguate in Laguna Pueblo.



Giving VOICE: Native American Printmaking from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts
Sept. 30 – Nov. 6
Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery
BGSU Fine Arts Center
Opening Reception Friday, September 30th at 7 pm
Free and open to the public

Curated by Robin Reisenfeld, former curator of works on paper at the Toledo Museum of Art, and faculty member in modern and contemporary art at Christie’s Education, New York. 

Giving VOICE: Native American Printmaking showcases recent Native American prints from Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, located on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon. With its roots in collaborative practice and community, Crow’s Shadow was established in 1992 by James Lavadour (Walla Walla) and Phillip Cash (Cayuse and Nez Perce) to foster economic and cultural development for Native American artists. Since its founding the Institute has grown into an internationally acclaimed printmaking atelier that is widely recognized for its role in sustaining contemporary Indigenous visual art.

Featuring 40+ works created by many of today’s leading artists, Giving VOICE portrays a variety of experiences and themes found within contemporary Indigenous art. Created through diverse styles and processes, works range from Marie Watt’s recent woodcut designs that symbolically allude to the war protests and anti-hate content of the 1960’s, to Raven Chacon’s lithographic series of musical notations dedicated to Indigenous women composers. Other artists such as James Lavadour, Kay Walking Stick, and Emily Arthur make the natural environment and the connection to the land their focus. Alternatively, Wendy Red Star’s and Jim Denomie’s ironic depictions address communal history and identity to reclaim their Indigenous heritage and counter misunderstandings about Native people. Though highly individual in approach and content, collectively these works display what Choctaw/Chickasaw art historian heather athone has termed “an active sense of presence,” and attest to how Crow’s Shadow’s artists innovatively utilize printmaking to powerfully convey Indigenous cultural and social values and a communal sense of belonging.

Tuesday, October 4th at 5:30 pm
Dorothy Uber Bryan Gallery

Curator's Talk by Robin Reisenfeld

Thursday, November 3rd at 7 pm
Fine Arts 204

Artist Talk by John Hitchcock



Seth Thomas Sutton
Artist. Activist. Historian. Professor.

Public Lecture: Racial Reckoning: Activism in Academia & The Politics of Knowledge

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022 at 5:30 pm
BGSU Olscamp 101

Free and open to the public

Our first speaker for In The Round series is Seth Thomas Sutton // miingahn naaniibwik (Standing Wolf), who is a Métis descendant and non-enrolled member of the North Shore Band, Waganakasing Odawa (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Harbor Springs, MI). He is the chair and professor in the Arts & Humanities Department at Montcalm Community College. He lectures on cultural criticism, postcolonialism, critical race theory, Tribal sovereignty, Indigenous art & activism, visual arts, art history, anthropology, sociology, visual rhetoric, and more. He is also the author of The Deconstruction of Chief Blackhawk. A Critical Analysis of Mascots & The Visual Rhetoric of the Indian.

Seth has contributed several Emmy nominated documentaries. To screen his documentaries, made available through PBS, click on the following links: wiinwaa niizhaasing // We the 7th and Shaping Narratives: Ngiiwe .


Carole Lindstrom + Michaela Goade
Author and Illustrator of We Are Water Protectors

Public Lecture

Friday, Apr. 1, 2022 at 5:30 pm
BGSU Olscamp 101

Free and open to the public
Masks are kindly requested

Carole Lindstrom is Anishinabe/Metis and is tribally enrolled with the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe. She was born and raised in Nebraska and currently makes her home in Maryland. Carole has been a voracious reader and library geek ever since she was growing up in Nebraska. On weekends you could usually find her at the library lost in the book stacks or holed up in her bedroom with a good book. It wasn’t until she had her son, that she discovered her love of writing for children and began to work seriously on her writing. She is represented by the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. GIRLS DANCE, BOYS FIDDLE, (Pemmican Publishers, 2013), was inspired by the fiddle and its importance to her Anishinabe/Metis culture. WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS, (Roaring Brook Press, Spring 2020), a picture book inspired by Standing Rock, and all Indigenous Peoples fighting for clean water.

Michaela Goade is a Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times Bestselling illustrator of “We Are Water Protectors.” Other books include the New York Times Bestselling “I Sang You Down from the Stars,” and “Shanyaak’utlaax: Salmon Boy,” winner of the 2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award for Best Picture Book. Her next book, “Berry Song,” is her first self-written work and is set to publish June 14, 2022. Michaela’s work focuses on Indigenous children’s literature. She is honored to work with Indigenous authors and tribal organizations in the creation of powerful and much-needed books. An enrolled member of the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Michaela’s Tlingit name is Sheit.een and she is of the Kiks.ádi Clan (Raven/Frog) from Sheet’ká. Michaela was raised in the rainforest and on the beaches of Southeast Alaska, traditional Lingít Aaní (Tlingit land/world). Today she lives in Sheet’ká (Sitka), Alaska, a magical island on the edge of a wide, wild sea.

Ms. Lindstrom will be on our campus while Ms. Goade will participate virtually. Both speakers will be engaging with BGSU students in the ENG 3420: Literature for Young Children course, and with students in Art, Design and Art Education. The afternoon will include BG Ideas podcast with ICS Director Jolie Sheffer, so stay tuned after production. The conclusion of the evening talk will include a book signing by Carole Lindstrom. Books will be available for purchase through our partnership with the Mazza Museum, the world’s largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators.

Free parking for the talk is available in Parking Lot N near Jerome Library.

Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade will also be speaking at the Wood County Library on Saturday morning, April 2, 2022 at 11 am. A book signing and book purchases will be onsite and made possible by the Friends of the Wood County Library.

In the News
‘We Are Water Protectors’ author & illustrator will speak on campus & at public library

An Evening with Joy Harjo
23rd Poet Laureate of the United States
BGSU Firelands
Public Lecture
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7pm
Adams Junior High School, Auditorium
125 E Adams St, Sandusky, OH 44870
Free and open to the public

Join BGSU Firelands and the Lange Trust of Sandusky Library for an evening with Joy Harjo.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children's books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, her many honors include the Ruth Lily Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies. She is Exec­u­tive Edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature Poet Laureate project  She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Updated: 10/10/2022 08:22AM