Who: Adam Beach, Saulteaux Anishinaabe citizen and Hollywood Actor, activist
What: “Calming Your Mind to Follow Your Heart” An Evening with Adam Beach
Where: Thompson Alumni Center, UNO Dodge Campus
When: Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.)
Why: Trudell Distinguished Lecture in Native American Studies
The life and legacy of Omaha-born actor, musician, poet and American Indian rights advocate John Trudell, a Santee Nation citizen, will be honored next month with a special lecture from critically acclaimed film actor Adam Beach on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
As part of the third annual John Trudell Distinguished Lecture in Native American Studies, Beach will discuss his life experiences, activism and provide a message of solidarity looking towards the future of Indigenous life-ways.
The lecture will take place at the Thompson Alumni Center at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public but an RSVP is recommended. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Beach, who is a Saulteaux Anishinaabe citizen from the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve in Manitoba, Canada, is best known for his roles as Ira Hayes in Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers,” Ben Yahtzee in “Windtalkers” and Charles Eastman in the made-for-television movie “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee,” which earned Beach a Golden Globe nomination. His latest films include playing Slipknot in the blockbuster “Suicide Squad” and alongside Christian Bale in the current hit western “Hostiles.”
Overall, Beach has appeared in more than 80 major films and television series in his nearly 30-year acting career. He was recognized in 1994 earning a “Best Actor” award from the American Indian Film Festival for his role as Frank Fence Post in the cult classic “Dance Me Outside.”
Throughout his career, Beach has been an advocate on issues of cultural appropriation in Hollywood and helped produce a documentary entitled “Defend the Sacred” which highlighted the non-violent actions taken by the “Water Protectors” who organized at Standing Rock in order to halt the expansion of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Trudell Lecture was launched in 2015 following the untimely death of John Trudel, a beloved actor, writer, musician, leader and activist for Indigenous rights. Trudell was a Vietnam War veteran and is perhaps best known for his role as a spokesperson for the organization Indians of All Tribes during their nineteen month takeover of the Alcatraz Prison in 1969.
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