For Immediate Release

Contact: Deborah Gilleran

Author and Native American Expert to Speak at Georgian Court

Lakewood, N.J., Oct. 20, 2008—In honor of Native American History Month and Georgian Court’s Earth Awareness Week, author and Native American expert Stephanie Sellers, Ph.D., will speak to the Georgian Court community about traditional Eastern Woodlands people and their reverence for the Earth since ancient times. Sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice, the event will take place from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus.

The title of Dr. Sellers’ talk is “Before Columbus and Here Today: Native American Environmental Ethics and Contemporary Ecofeminism.” She will examine how Native Americans recognize everyone’s role as stewards of the Earth, which deeply affects every aspect of life.

Dr. Sellers, who is the Native Americanist at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is also the author of Native American Autobiography Redefined: A Handbook, which re-examines early 20th century texts and their portrayals of Native American women. Her new book, Native American Women’s Studies Primer, published by Peter Lang Publishing, critiques feminist terminology, practices, and theories through a traditional indigenous viewpoint. After Dr. Sellers’ talk, copies of Native American Women’s Studies Primer will be available for sale, and Dr. Sellers will sign books for interested attendees.

The event is being conducted by special arrangement with the National Women’s Studies Association and is free to the public. Reservations are required, however, and can be made by calling 732.987.2369 or sending an email to

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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