NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Ami Regier, associate professor of English at Bethel College, will present her faculty seminar entitled "Ghost Dancing, Transatlantic Travel and Modernist Arson in ‘Gardens in the Dunes’" at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 4, in the Administration Building Chapel on the North Newton campus. The public is invited. Regier’s presentation will focus on Leslie Marmon Silko’s 1999 novel "Gardens in the Dunes." She will discuss how written narrative functions as a ghost of the Ghost Dance, an apocalyptic, inter-tribal, 19th-century movement treating oral language as part of the action in environmental and cultural regeneration. Regier will explore how Silko’s novel suggests a theory of performative language fueling ongoing revolution.
According to Regier, the seminar will discuss "how a contemporary Native American novel offers a vision of ongoing environmental and social change: that the Ghost Dance movement continues through the medium of literature."
Regier’s research was conducted over a three-year period, which ended with her sabbatical in the fall of 2003.
Faculty seminars provide a unique opportunity for Bethel College faculty to share their research and academic achievements with the larger campus community. Discussion will follow the presentation.