February 11, 2008
Dr. N. Scott Momaday, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, will visit Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Feb. 20. Oklahoma’s Centennial Poet Laureate, Momaday will speak at OBU’s Chapel at 10 a.m., and visit with campus groups during the day.
Momaday’s remarks in Chapel, titled “The Fifth Element: The Origins, Realizations and Possibilities of Language,” will be the centerpiece of a tribute to Native American Heritage. The service starts at 10 a.m. in Potter Auditorium of OBU’s Raley Chapel. The event is open to the public, with free admission.
The lecture is hosted by OBU’s Distinguished Speakers Committee.
A Lawton native, Momaday was the first Native American to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the honor in 1969 for his first novel, “House Made of Dawn.” The poet, artist, playwright and scholar received the National Medal of Arts in 2007. He was named Oklahoma Centennial Poet Laureate in July 2007 and will continue in that role until Jan. 1, 2009.
“It is a privilege for us to host a brilliant professor, a well-known poet and an acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner,” said Mirela Azevedo, DSC president. “We hope students will understand the importance of the Native American heritage and of those involved in keeping such traditions alive.”
Founded in 2003, the Distinguished Speakers Committee’s is comprised of eight OBU students. The DSC sponsors an annual academic lecture intended to “broaden the learning experience, expand critical thinking, challenge traditional thought, and encourage conversation among various disciplines of study.”
Azevedo said the DSC is extending a special invitation to Dr. Momaday’s lecture to the local Native American community, as well as those interested in the Shawnee and surrounding areas.
Momaday's visit is sponsored by OBU's Department of Anthropology, History, and Political Science, compliments of the Tom Harlan Henry Endowment Fund; OBU Campus Ministry; and the OBU Student Government Association.