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Virtual Author Series: Joe Starita

Virtual Author Series: Joe Starita

Thursday, November 10, 2022 - 7:00pm

Settle in for a fascinating author talk with Joe Starita about his book, A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Fleshe Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America's First Indian Doctor, which chronicles the life of Native American doctor Susan La Flesche Picotte. From her hospital in Walthill, Nebraska, La Flesche Picotte treated patients suffering from devastating illnesses such as smallpox and influenza and provided vital care to those whose access to healthcare was stymied by racism and poverty. Register for the event here. You can also order a copy of the book here.

This author series event is made possible by generous donor support as well as Humanities Nebraska (HN) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. NEH is committed to Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (SHARP).

About the Author

Joe Starita was an investigative reporter in New York and Miami for fifteen years before joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism, where he taught in-depth reporting for twenty years. A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, the Lincoln native has won more than twenty national and regional awards for his reporting. Starita is the author of three acclaimed books on Native Americans: The Dull Knifes of Pine Ridge–a Lakota Odyssey; I Am a Man–Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice and A Warrior of the People: How Susan La Flesche Overcame Racial and Gender Inequality to Become America’s First Indian Doctor.

I Am a Man was the 2011 One Book—One Lincoln selection and the 2012 One Book One Nebraska selection. Starita’s books on Chief Standing Bear and Dr. Susan La Flesche are both being made into movies.