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Julia Coates, instructional designer for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, will present “Culture and Nation: Rethinking Race and Class in Interpretations of Cherokee History” at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at Western Carolina University's Mountain Heritage Center.

Supported by a grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the public presentation is being held in conjunction with a course in Cherokee Nation-Eastern Band of Cherokee history that is being offered this fall through WCU's Cherokee Studies Program.

Designed to instill a sense of nationalism and citizenship in the students who take it, the course was a national finalist in Harvard University's “Honoring Nations” project, which recognized tribal initiatives in self-government and self-determination. The course is being co-sponsored by the Eastern Band's Division of Education and Training, and the Cherokee Nation.

Coates, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, also serves as an assistant professor of Native American studies at the University of California at Davis. A reception will follow the Sept. 21 presentation.

For more information, contact WCU's Cherokee Studies program at (828) 227-2303.

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