Native American lecture will honor the memory of an alumna

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana alumna Lynne Curtis will be remembered on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 4:30 p.m., when Dr. Phillip Round from the University of Iowa will speak about the Dakota prisoners at Camp McClellan in Davenport, Iowa. The free, public lecture will be in the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art (3703 7th Ave.).

Lynne Curtis, a 1969 graduate of Augustana, passed away on May 8, 2012. Curtis had an interest in Native American Studies and loved to explore diverse cultures. The event is made possible by six of her friends, in cooperation with Augustana’s English department, as a way to honor her passion and remember her life.

The lecture, titled “‘I Shake Your Hand with my Heart’: The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters 150 Years Later,” will detail how the prisoners used an alphabetic version of the Dakota language in their letters pleading for release. This same orthography would play a big role in the events during and after the massacre at Wounded Knee in 1890.

Dr. Round teaches English and American Indian and Native Studies. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles and has been awarded J. William Fulbright Fellowship twice. He also received a Committee on Institutional Cooperation Faculty Fellowship in American Indian Studies at the Newberry library in Chicago in 2004. He has published three books, including his latest titled Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663-1880.