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An Evening with Francine Spang-Willis

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An Evening with Francine Spang-Willis

Elk River Arts & Lectures is hosting a free public lecture by oral historian Francine Spang-Willis on Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at Elk River Books. During the lecture, Spang-Willis will talk about oral history as a method to build community understanding and her podcast, Becoming Wild Again in America: The Restoration and Resurgence of the Pablo-Allard Bison Herd.

Becoming Wild Again in America uses oral history to chart the epic journey of the Pablo-Allard bison herd from the late 1800s to 2020, exploring “processes of settler colonialism in the American West” as well as “contemporary bison conservation approaches that foster more inclusive relationships and connections among the bison, land, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.”

Francine D. Spang-Willis is an oral historian and educator based in Bozeman. She is of Cheyenne, Pawnee, and settler descent. Spang-Willis is an Oral History Master of Arts graduate from Columbia University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Native American Studies from Montana State University.

As the owner of Appearing Flying Woman Consulting, Spang-Willis collaborates with diverse organizations, communities, and individuals on oral history and community-centered projects. She also has had diverse roles in higher education, the US federal government, and the nonprofit sector.

As part of the Elk River Arts & Lectures Lecture Series, Spang-Willis will also discuss oral history with students at Park High School.

Spang-Willis’s visit is made possible by the generous support of the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Community Closet, and individual donors.

​​Elk River Arts & Lectures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and celebrating the literary arts in Park County. For more information, call (406) 333-2330 or visit elkriverarts.org.

Elk River Books
07:00 PM - 11:59 PM on Thu, 22 Sep 2022

Event Supported By

Elk River Arts & Lectures
406 333 2330
director@elkriverarts.org
Elk River Books
122 S. 2nd St.
Livingston, Montana 59047
director@elkriverarts.org