SUU Convocation Celebrates Native American Week

Published: February 25, 2011 | Category: Academics

Southern Utah University’s Convocation Lecture Series is pleased to announce Arlene Nofchissey Williams, award-winning recording artist, will speak and perform in a Convocation presentation entitled, “The Joy of Discovery,” on Tuesday, March 1 at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium.

Williams brings a wealth of experience and perspective to ethnic studies, cultural history and folklore by using imagery, music, dance and art to motivate and help encourage self esteem. She teaches an appreciation of one’s own uniqueness and empowers youth with positive energy and inspirational messages.

As a professional recording artist, Williams has produced many videos, albums and films. She has performed in the United States, Canada, Japan, China, Mongolia and the Netherlands. Her work has won numerous awards including the Rocky Mountain Emmy Award and a Grammy award.

Williams wrote and recorded "Go My Son," a song to inspire Native American people to pursue an education, climb the ladder of success and serve their people. Written many years ago, the song has woven itself into the fabric of many native cultures. Native American children and Native Americans of all ages still relate to, and enjoy, "Go My Son" today.

Williams attended the Institute of American Indian Arts and has worked in the arts of design, painting, silversmith works, sculpture and music. Arlene is a member of the Navajo tribe.

As with all University Convocations, Williams presentation to the campus and local community is free and open to all

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