2014 – Philip J. Deloria

Professor Philip Deloria -2014 PBK Visiting Scholar
Professor Philip Deloria -2014 PBK Visiting Scholar

The Alpha of Oregon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was honored to host Professor Philip J. Deloria as the 2014 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar at the University of Oregon May 14-15, 2014.  The recording of Professor Deloria’s Public Lecture, “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination” delivered on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30pm in the EMU Ballroom can be found here.


Philip Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor, with a joint appointment in the departments of History and American Culture.   He is currently the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, where he administers student academic support, learning communities, public goods, and a range of innovations programming, from faculty pedagogy workshops to massive open online courses.  He has served as president of the American Studies Association, as a council member of the Organization of American Historians, and as a trustee of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and is an elected member of the Society of American Historians and the American Antiquarian Society.

He is the author of two prize-winning books, Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places, and coeditor of The Blackwell Companion of American Indian History and C.G. Jung and the Sioux Traditions:  Dreams, Visions, Nature, and the Primitive by Vine Deloria Jr.  He has also written numerous articles, essays, and reviews in the fields of American Indian studies, environmental history, and cultural studies.

 Visiting Scholar Agenda:

Wednesday, May 14:

11:00am to Noon: PBK Undergraduate Lunch (RSVP Only)

1:00-1:50pm: Class Visit to English 222: Introduction to English Major (Professor Paul Peppis)

4:oo-5:20pm: Class Visit to History 469/569: Native Nations and the United States (Professor Jeff Ostler)

7:30pm: Public Lecture, “American Indians in the American Popular Imagination”

This talk combines the basic arguments of my books Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places, and focuses on the curious and painful dynamics surrounding Indian visibility in popular culture—I discuss Metamora, Last of the Mohicans, Hiawatha, Cher, dreamcatchers, motorcycles, sports teams, George Catlin, Buffalo Bill, Avatar, The Lone Ranger, among others—paired with Indian invisibility in most social, economic, and political discussion.    I try to make the case for Indian people’s deep engagements with modernity over the last 120 years.

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Thursday, May 15:

10:00-11:20am: Class Visit to Ethnic Studies 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies (Professor Charise Cheney)

1:30-2:30pm: Undergraduate Seminar (RSVP only)


College of Arts and Sciences

Department o English

Department of History

Division of Undergraduate Studies

Native American Studies Program

Oregon Humanities Center

Robert D. Clark Honors College

University Housing

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