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Cliff Trafzer to Speak at Library Nov. 16

UC Riverside Libraries Author Series Offers “Native Universe”

Book published in conjunction with the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

(November 9, 2005)

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Cliff Trafzer, and "Native Universe"

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Clifford Trafzer, professor of history, will read from the book Native Universe: Voices of Indian America from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the Rivera library. This is the second of five author readings in the UC Riverside Libraries Author Series this year.

Trafzer is the co-editor of the full-color coffee table book published by National Geographic in conjunction with the 2004 opening of the National Museum of the American Indian, the most recent of the Smithsonian museums dotted along the National Mall in Washington D.C.

“Native Universe” which includes 300 color photos, is a book of essays by a distinguished group of Native American scholars, writers, activists, and tribal leaders. It will be available for sale during the library event.

Trafzer, of Wyandot ancestry, worked with Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation), who is deputy assistant director for the museum. Trafzer is the director of the Public History Program at UCR. He has published several scholarly books and articles, including Renegade Tribe, Death Stalks the Yakama, and Earth Song/Sky Spirit, all of which have won book awards.

The UCR Libraries’ Author Series, which began in September 2002, brings the riches of the campus libraries to the community. Organized by Melissa Conway, director of Special Collections, all author readings are free and open to the public. Parking on campus is $6 per vehicle for the day or may be purchased for shorter periods at $2 per hour. Parking permits are available at the information kiosks near the entrances to campus.

Other events in the series are:

January 18, 2006 - Armen Antonian and Lisa Iyer, UCR alumni, reading from, L.A. Sensation (Infinity Pub. 2004)

April 26, 2006 — Poet Gary Young reads from, No Other Life (Heyday Books, 2005)

May 17, 2006 - Chris Abani, associate professor of creative writing, reads from his novel Graceland (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004)

The UC Riverside Libraries are the focal points for research and study on campus. Their collections include 2,081,146 volumes, 12,444 serial subscriptions and 1,672,042 microforms housed in five facilities: the Tomás Rivera Library (serving the humanities, arts and social sciences); the Science Library; the Music Library; Media Library; and Special Collections, housing rare books and manuscripts, and unique archival resources.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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