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Jack Forbes


Jack D. Forbes is professor emeritus and former chair of Native American Studies at the University of California at Davis, where he has served since 1969. He is of Powhatan-Renápe , Delaware-Lenápe and other background. In 1960-61 he developed proposals for Native American Studies programs and for an indigenous university. In l971 the D-Q University came into being as a result of that proposal. He is also a poet, a writer of fiction, and a guest lecturer in Russia, Japan, Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Mexico and elsewhere.

Forbes is the author of more than a dozen books, including the recent publications Only Approved Indians (fiction), and The American Discovery of Europe (non-fiction); he will be reading from a recently completed poetry manuscript called California Songs.

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Jack Forbes performed on May 7th, 2008.