Peru, Nebraska– Joe Starita visited Peru State College with a box of his latest book and a keen understanding of Nebraskan history. Starita, who is currently a professor at the University of Nebraska College of Journalism and Mass Communications, spoke as part of the campus’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Mr. Starita’s third and latest book is “A Warrior of the People—How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor.” The book was published in November of 2016.
Starita spoke passionately about American Indian history and particularly about the life of Susan La Flesche. The proceeds from his book sales support a college scholarship fund for American Indian high school graduates.
Peru State established the Distinguished Speaker Series in fall 2010 as part of its commitment to student engagement and success. The intent of the Series is to bring diverse, nationally and internationally recognized speakers to southeast Nebraska to enrich the educational experience of students while also providing the surrounding communities with opportunities to engage in interesting and relevant topics.
Olympian and Nebraska native, Curt Tomasevicz, will speak as part of this series on April 10. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.peru.edu/speakerseries.
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