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ACCLAIMED LAGUNA PHOTOGRAPHER LEE MARMON TO APPEAR AS FEATURED SPEAKER AT PROMINENT INTELLECTUAL SYMPOSIUM IN NEW YORK CITY
WILL JOIN NATIVE AMERICAN POET JOY HARJO AND FEMINIST WRITER DOROTHY ALLISON AT EDUCATORS’ CONFERENCE ON RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND SOCIAL IDENTITY
(Laguna, New Mexico – March 11, 2007) –Renowned Native American photographer Lee H. Marmon of Laguna Pueblo will be one of three featured speakers at a prominent national gathering of English educators and academics later this month in New York City.
Marmon will appear at 10:30 am EDT on Thursday, March 22, 2007 at a symposium in the company of renowned Native American poet Joy Harjo, and feminist writer Dorothy Allison, at the 58th Annual Convention of the Conference of College Composition and Communication (CCCC). The 4-day conference will be held at the landmark Hilton New York Hotel on Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan.
This year’s annual gathering of the nation’s most widely recognized and influential English educators and academics will focus on the concept of identity, especially as it relates to such concepts as race, ethnicity, culture, and politics. Its theme, “Representing Identities,” will urge the conference’s hundreds of participants ‘to consider identities as they are constructed through reading, writing, speaking, listening, and silence,” said CCCC program chair Cheryl Glenn.
“This is a wonderful privilege for me,” said Marmon, 81, from his home in Laguna Pueblo.
“The Conference on College Composition and Communication is one of the most well-known and widely-respected organizations of its kind, and is a thought leader in its field. It will be an honor for me to help bring the Native American perspective on this subject to such a wide audience of established scholars, especially in the esteemed company of such artistic luminaries as Joy Harjo and Dorothy Allison,” Marmon said.
This will not be the first time that Marmon and Joy Harjo have collaborated. Harjo’s poetry figures prominently in Marmon’s 2003 book, The Pueblo Imagination, a hardcover visual celebration of Native American culture and history featuring Marmon’s best known and widely acclaimed black and white photographs.
Founded in 1949, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) has been the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media. It is closely affiliated with the 60,000 member National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), which is committed to promoting the vitality and vibrancy of the English language arts both domestically and abroad. Their respective websites are http://www.ncte.org and http://www.ncte.org/cccc
Lee Marmon was born on the Laguna reservation in New Mexico in 1925, and has lived there for most of his life. He bought his first camera at the age of 25, and made an early practice of shooting portrait images of the aging senior members of his Laguna tribe, and neighboring tribes, including the Acoma tribe in New Mexico. His distinguished collection of thousands of black and white images have since become a national historical and cultural treasure, as they comprise a rare visual chronicle of the last generation of Native Americans to live by their traditional ways and values. His best-known photograph, "White Man's Moccasins," (1954) has been reproduced and published worldwide.
From the late 1960's to the early 1980's, Mr. Marmon lived and worked in California, where he served as official photographer for the Bob Hope Desert Classic. His images have appeared in various national publications, including The New York Times and Time Magazine. In 1992, he won an ADDY Award for contributing to the Peabody Award-Winning PBS-TV documentary, "Surviving Columbus".
Marmon's acclaimed 2003 book, "The Pueblo Imagination" was voted best Art book of the year in the Mountains and Plains Booksellers’ Association’s 2005 Regional Book Awards Contest. It also took a First Place Award from Independent Publisher Online in 2004. Marmon's 159-page book is a groundbreaking, multi-dimensional showcase of Native American culture, talent, and history. It features a collection of Marmon's best-known tribal photographs and landscape images, dating back to 1949. Collectively, they chronicle the last generation of the Laguna and Acoma tribes to live by their traditional ways and values. The images are lovingly interwoven with native poetry and prose by Leslie Marmon Silko, poet Joy Harjo, and poet Simon Ortiz, all of whom co-authored the book with Mr. Marmon.
A gallery of Mr. Marmon's best-known images and full bio can be found at his publicist-sponsored website: http://www.leemarmongallery.com A full biography of Lee Marmon can also be found on the online encyclopedia “Wikipedia”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Marmon Other Lee Marmon resources can be found on his publicist’s weblog: http://www.image-manage.com/blog/2006/02/legend-of-american-west.html
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