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Writing as Resistance: A Conversation with Tommy Orange

Oklahoma City University will host author of “There There” Tommy Orange as the first speaker in its Student Affairs Speaks series. This first installment, free and open to the public, is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 1.

The Student Affairs Speaks series, created by the university’s Division of Student Affairs, is a collaborative effort with the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes; the university’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the OCU Center for Interpersonal Studies in Film and Literature. Each speaker will share expertise on a different facet of equity and inclusion, ranging from race and class to gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and disabilities.

Orange will present the inaugural discussion “Writing as Resistance” to shed light on the trials and tribulations of Native Americans throughout the nation’s history, particularly in urban neighborhoods. A member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, Orange attended the Master of Fine Arts program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. His debut novel, “There There,” was one of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of the Year and won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Pen/Hemingway Award. The multi-generational story was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

To register for the free Zoom event, visit