The Newberry Library, the world-renowned independent research institution, today announced the appointment of Dr. Scott Manning Stevens as the new director of its D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. Most recently, he was a member of the faculty and director of graduate studies in English at the University at Buffalo.
“Professor Stevens brings to the Newberry an extraordinary interdisciplinary approach to American Indian Studies,” said James Grossman, vice president for research and education. “His scholarship weaves together sources and methods from the disciplines of literary studies, history, and art history. The Library’s magnificent collections in American Indian Studies, and the scholars who use them, will benefit from his presence.”
As Director of the McNickle Center, Stevens will play a leadership role in the Newberry’s academic and public programs relating to American Indian history and culture. The Center encourages the use of Newberry collections relating to American Indians by researchers from all walks of life.
Current McNickle Center projects include “Indians of the Midwest and Contemporary Issues,” a multimedia Web site designed to marry the Library's rich collections on American Indian history with state-of-the art interactive web capabilities to reveal the cultural and historical roots of controversial issues affecting American Indians today.
Stevens, a member of the Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe, holds A.M. and Ph.D degrees in English from Harvard University. He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in English. He is currently completing a book entitled, Indian Collectibles: Encounters, Appropriations, and Resistance in Native North America, a study of cultural contacts, dispossession and resistance from the early modern period to the early Republic.
D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History
The Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 255-3564
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