Professor, author to speak at UNCP

October 13, 2013

PEMBROKE — Mark Rifkin, author of “When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty,” will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the University Center Annex.

The event is free and open to the public.

A professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Rifkin has won two prestigious awards: The Best Subsequent Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies for 2011 and the John Hope Franklin Prize for best book in American Studies for 2011 from the American Studies Association. He also is the president-elect of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

His most recent book explores the relationship between contested notions of normality and shifting forms of American Indian governance and self-representation.

Rifkin’s books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. The book talk is sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Holiday Inn Express of Pembroke.

For information, contact Rose Stremlau at 910-521-6317 or email