Loras College to Host Author Kent Nerburn on November 6

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Best-selling author Kent Nerburn will be speaking about diversity at the Miller Academic Resource Center at 7 p.m. on November 6. Nerburn is best known for his work respectfully bridging Native and non-Native cultures.

Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn is the highly acclaimed author and editor of fourteen books on spiritual values and Native American themes. He received his B.A. in American Studies summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota and his Ph.D. in Religion/Theology and Art with distinction from Graduate Theological Union in conjunction with the University of California at Berkeley.

He has been called “One of America’s living spiritual teachers” by the prestigious Spirituality and Practice website/magazine. Harper Collins publishers have praised him as “one of the few American writers who can respectfully bridge the gap between Native and non-Native cultures.”

He is best known for Letters to My Son, a book of thoughts and essays on issues of significance for a young person growing up in contemporary America; Neither Wolf nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder which won the Minnesota Book award for creative non-fiction in 1995 and has become a standard part of the multi-cultural curriculum in high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States, Europe, and Australia; and The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, a follow-up to Neither Wolf nor Dog, which won the Minnesota Book Award for creative non-fiction in 2009.

Nerburn’s visit is supported by the Loras College Academic Dean’s Office, Kucera Center for Catholic Thought, Language & Literature Division, the Honors Program, and by the Sisters of St. Francis.

The free event is open to the public.


About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).


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