Joe Starita speaks about new book, history of Nebraska

Joe Starita speaks about new book, history of Nebraska

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.

Temme standing behind the Peru State College seal.

Noah Temme introducing Joe Starita. Temme was one of several history students that had dinner with Starita before the speech.


The foursome appear before the Rotaract banner.

Peru State’s Rotaract hosted local Rotarians from Auburn, Falls City, Lincoln and Nebraska City. Left to Right: President of the Peru State Rotaract Club, Noah Harvey; First Lady of Peru State, Elaine Hanson; Joe Starita; and President of the Auburn Rotary Club, Jason Hogue.


Starita is standing behind a podium bearing the Peru State seal.

Joe Starita speaking on the Peru State campus.

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

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