St. Mary’s College presents 2021 Margaret Brent Lecturer Sarah Deer

Submitted by Michael Bruckler on February 25, 2021 - 8:42 am
February 25, 2021
By Michael Bruckler

St. Mary’s College of Maryland presents legal scholar, university professor and activist for indigenous women Sarah Deer as this year’s Margaret Brent Lecturer on Wednesday, March 10 at 8 p.m. via Zoom: www.smcm.edu/deer. The 2021 Margaret Brent Lecture and Award Ceremony is presented by the College’s women, gender and sexuality studies program.

Ending violence against women is Deer’s life’s goal. A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, she is a lawyer by training but an advocate in practice. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights, using indigenous feminist principles as a framework.

Deer is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law and has been published in a wide variety of law journals. Her 2015 book, “The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America,” is the culmination of over 25 years of experience working with survivors, and has received several awards, including the Best First Book award from the Native American Indigenous Studies Association.

Deer has also been published in a wide variety of law journals, including the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Her work to end violence against Native women has received national awards from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. She has testified before Congress on four occasions regarding violence against Native women and was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to chair a federal advisory committee on sexual violence in Indian country.

Deer was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2014. In 2019, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She currently teaches at the University of Kansas, where she holds a joint appointment in women, gender, and sexuality studies and in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Deer is also the chief justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

The Margaret Brent Lecture series was established in 1981 to honor “distinguished public service” among women. On the occasion of the lecture, the speaker is inducted into the Order of Margaret Brent and presented with the College medallion.

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