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Pulitzer winner N. Scott Momaday to visit UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer-prize winning novelist N. Scott Momaday will visit the University of Iowa Nov. 20-21 to lead classes, speak to students, and read from his recent work.

Momaday will come to the UI as an Ida Cornelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, sponsored by the department of English. He will conduct a master class for undergraduate and graduate students, "Native American Literature and the Oral Tradition." The class will be Thursday, Nov. 20 from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Iowa Room of the Iowa Memorial Union.

On Friday, Nov. 21, Momaday will read from his recent collection of essays and short stories, The Man Made of Words. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. in Buchanan Auditorium in the Pappajohn Business Administration Building.

Momaday, the Regents Professor of the Humanities at the University of Arizona, is a Native American (Kiowa) whose primary interests include Native American art and oral tradition. As a painter, novelist, playwright, and poet, Momaday has drawn on his background as a Kiowa and on his upbringing on Western reservations to open the tribal world of the Indian to non-Indian readers.

In addition to the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for his novel, House Made of Dawn, Momaday has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, and award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, and the Premio Letterario Internationale "Mondello," Italy's highest literary award.