On Tuesday, July 18, 5:30pm, at the Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St.), the Rhode Island Historical Society will welcome Dr. Lorén Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, for her free talk on indigenous peoples and the issue of food sovereignty. This event is presented as part of Relishing Rhode Island, the RIHS’s 2017 programming theme, as well as the statewide initiative A La Rhody.
Spears, Narragansett, has been an educator for 25 years and more recently as an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island, where she also received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of New England, and shares her cultural knowledge and traditional arts learned through her family with the public through museum programs. She has written curriculum, poetry, and narratives published in a variety of publications such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England; Through Our Eyes: An Indigenous View of Mashapaug Pond; The Pursuit of Happiness: An Indigenous View; and The 1st Rhode Island Regiment in the American Revolution: From Slaves to Soldiers.
Spears works tirelessly to empower Native youth and to educate the public on Native history, culture, the environment and the arts. She was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to serve on the Board of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and serves on various other boards, including The Pell Center’s Story in the Public Square. Under her leadership, Tomaquag Museum has received the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Medal.
Spears has also received a variety of awards, including the Extraordinary Woman Award, International Day 2010, the Urban League, Woman of Substance Award, 2006 and the Rhode Island Council of the Humanities 2016 Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities. She resides in Charlestown, R.I., with her husband, Robin, and three children, all of whom are traditional artists.
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