Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Nora Naranjo Morse

Numbe Whageh

February 9, 2017

5:30 p.m. Spencer Museum of Art

The Kansas Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is proud to host Visiting Scholar Nora Naranjo Morse. She describes her presentation this way: 

Numbe Whageh is a part of the Cuerto Centenario project in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The word, Numbe Whageh, is taken from the Tewa Pueblo language and means “the center place.” Numbe Whageh was Albuquerque's first land art piece. This controversial project focuses on the historical treatment of Pueblo people by Spanish conquistador Don Juan de Oñate during the late 1500s. Among other subjects, this project looks at issues of monuments, who makes them and why. History retold by indigenous peoples is at the center of this project, and I will focus on how this was accepted by non-natives and institutions.

Nora Naranjo Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of video films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture. An artist best known for her work with clay and organic materials, she has been trained in the Pueblo clay work tradition of the Southwest. Her installation exhibits and large-scale public art speak to environmental, cultural, and social practice issues. Beyond New Mexico, her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of an honorary degree from Skidmore College and a 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist fellowship. She is the author of two books: a poetry collection, Mud Woman: Poems from the Clay, and a children's book, Kaa Povi.

Please join us for this free public presentation and reception. 


Co-sponsors: the Office of Diversity and Equity; the Office of First-Year Experience; the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures; the University Honors Program; the Department of English; the Indigenous Studies Program; and the Spencer Museum of Art.

Thanks also to the First Nations Student Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Lawrence Public Library for their support of this program.

Since 1956, the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program has been offering undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the campus by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Read more about the History of the Visiting Scholar Program​ here

Questions? Email pbk@ku.edu!


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