Graduate School News
Sequoyah Alumni to Present Compelling Perspectives on Varied Topics: American Indian Historical and Cultural Issues, and Molecular Genetics as Applied to Tumor Treatment
March 31, 2011
Three UNC-Chapel Hill doctoral graduates — in the fields of English, molecular and cellular pathology and history — will be the featured speakers at the University’s Sequoyah Distinguished Lecture on April 14.
The free public event will be held at 7 p.m. at Alumni Hall III of the George Watts Hill Alumni Center and will feature brief presentations from the following speakers:
- Lindsey Claire Smith, who received her doctorate in English in 2006. She is assistant professor of English and an affiliate of American Indian studies, the Center for Oklahoma Studies, American studies and gender and women’s studies at Oklahoma State University. Her talk will focus on the idea of cities as global centers for Indigenous scholars, filmmakers and writers and her research into how urban experiences make new environmental and urban studies approaches to Native American studies necessary.
- Jennifer Carter Scull, who received her doctorate in molecular and cellular pathology in 2009. She is a fellow in clinical molecular genetics at Vanderbilt University. Her talk will focus on the processes of profiling tumor DNA to identify commonly occurring mutations, of identifying patients who may respond poorly to treatment due to variations in their genes involved in drug metabolism and of using this information to determine the best treatment options for patients.
- Rose Stremlau, who received her doctorate in American history in 2006. She is an assistant professor of history and American Indian studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Her talk will focus on the impact of allotment — the U.S. government’s attempt during the late-19th and early-20th centuries to assimilate American Indians by privatizing their communal, tribally owned land — on several dozen extended families.
A question-and-answer session will follow the presentations.
Smith, Scull and Stremlau were Sequoyah Fellows while at UNC-Chapel Hill; this Graduate School fellowship, within the Royster Society of Fellows, supports American Indian graduate students and scholarship.
“We are delighted to welcome Drs. Smith, Scull and Stremlau back to campus to share information about their most recent research endeavors,” said Dr. Sandra Hoeflich, associate dean for interdisciplinary education, fellowships and communication at the Graduate School and adviser for the First Nations Graduate Circle student organization. “While studying at Carolina, they provided critical leadership for Native graduate students on campus. They truly left their imprint on UNC-Chapel Hill through the New Directions in American Indian Research Conference, numerous Native recruitment events and by serving as mentors and role models. As successful alumnae, they continue to inspire all of us.”
Event sponsors include the following University groups: the Graduate School, First Nations Graduate Circle, American Indian Center, departments of History, American Studies and English & Comparative Literature and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.