Atkinson Lecture with Alexie ShermanOn Tuesday March 11th, Academy students attended Willamette University's Atkinson Lecture featuring Sherman Alexie. A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie’s writing draws from his experiences growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Wellpnit, Washington. Known for using humor to tackle such subjects as poverty, violence and alcoholism among the lives of Native American people, Alexie has written 24 books to date. Some of you may have read his book “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” which won the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature in 2007.
Many of the Academy students attending this event had already read Alexie's work and looked forward to personally hearing him speak. During the event, students were engaged and frequently laughed at Alexie's humor. Finally, at the end of students were able to take photos with Alexie and get his signature. Now the Academy has its own signed copy of Alexie's work!