Wayne State College

'Water: Lakota Spirituality and Science' Program at WSC on March 12, 2024

Published Friday, February 23rd, 2024

The program by Jerome Kills Small is at 3:30 p.m. in the lower-level study area of Conn Library.

Jerome Kills SmallStoryteller Jerome Kills Small shares his “Water: Lakota Spirituality and Science” program at Wayne State College on Tuesday, March 12. Admission is free, and the public is invited.

The program, at 3:30 p.m. in the lower-level study area of Conn Library, is funded in part by Humanities Nebraska. Guests may park in any available stall, except reserved and 15-minute stalls. Parking in Lot 10 east of the Student Center is preferred.

Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for this program. It receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Kills Small is an Oglala Lakota from Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation. After 20 years, he retired from teaching language, philosophy, and Native American thought at the University of South Dakota.

Living with his grandparents, Kills Small gained personal experience being around Lakota sacred sites in southwestern South Dakota and place names for water in western Nebraska. He brings this experience to a discussion of the source and spiritual aspects of water and how what the spirit says and what science says complement each other.

“Water: Lakota Spirituality and Science” is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers, and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations, and ethnic organizations. Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the United States, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information regarding available speakers and guidelines for booking them, visit www.humanitiesnebraska.org (Speakers section), or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone 402-474-2131, fax 402-474-4852, or email [email protected].


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