University of North Dakota

UND Writers Conference Panel: Art & Justice

Join us at the 49th Annual UND Writers Conference for a panel discussion, featuring Molly McCully Brown, David Grann, and Nicholas Galanin moderated by Steven R. Morrison (UND School of Law). Focused on the subject "Art & Justice," the authors and artists will be answering questions from the audience about their work and the role that history, as well as law, play in it.


About the Participants:

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. His new book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI--praised by John Grisham and Louise Erdrich--documents one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. A finalist for the National Book Award, it has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more eight months, and was named one of the notable or best books of the year by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, Entertainment Weekly, NPR, PBS, Smithsonian, GQ, Slate, Buzzfeed, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Outside,and more. Amazon named Killers of the Flower Moon the single best book of the year and named it one of the best non-fiction works of the year. He is also the author of the best-selling work The Lost City of Z. For more information

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. Raised in rural Virginia, she is a graduate of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Stanford University, and the University of Mississippi, where she received her MFA in poetry.

Her poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Gulf Coast, Ninth Letter, Pleiades, Kenyon Review, Image, Colorado Review, TriQuarterly Online, The Rumpus, Meridian, and elsewhere. She’s been the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the Civitella Ranieri foundation, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and the University of Mississippi, where she was a John and Renée Grisham fellow.

Beginning in September 2017, she will be the inaugural Jeff Baskin Writers Fellow at The Oxford American magazine. She is at work on a collection of essays about disability, poetry, religion, and the American South that explores the relationship between the body and that intangible other we sometimes call the soul.

To learn more about Brown, visit her website

Nicholas Galanin (Tlingit/Unangax̂) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture. For over a decade, Galanin has been embedding incisive observation into his work, investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. Galanin's works embody critical thought. They are vessels of knowledge, culture and technology - inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic.

Galanin’s concepts determine his materials and processes. His practice is expansive and includes numerous collaborations with visual and recording artists, including an ongoing collaboration with his brother and fellow artist Jerrod Galanin, under the moniker Leonard Getinthecar. He is a member of two artist collectives: Black Constellation and Winter Count.

The substance and execution of his work engages past, present and future. Through two- and three-dimensional works, and time-based media, Galanin encourages reflection on cultural amnesia that actively obscures collective memory and acquisition of knowledge. Galanin creates sounds moving in time and animals fixed in space. Splintering apart replica carvings, he destroys the outputs of commodified culture, rearranging the pieces to reflect its nefarious effects. He creates petroglyphs in sidewalks and coastal rock, masks cut from books, ceramic arrows in flight, and repurposes handcuffs, which he engraves, formerly used to remove Indigenous children from their families, naming them children’s bracelets.

Galanin has apprenticed with master carvers and jewelers. He earned his BFA at London Guildhall University in Jewelry Design, and his MFA in Indigenous Visual Arts at Massey University in New Zealand. Nicholas Galanin lives and works in Sitka, Alaska.

To learn more about Galanin and view work, visit his website

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Memorial Union, Ballroom
2901 University Ave, Grand Forks, ND 58202

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Lectures & Presentations, Ceremonies & University Events

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Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Graduate/Professional Students

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Arts & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion, Academic






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