“The Art of Culture Shock: Native Americans at the Intersection of Contemporary American Society” is a three-part fun and informative event that will give you a chance to learn about many diverse cultures in the contemporary USA, including those of Native Americans.

  • The first part of this event is an art contest focusing on the intersection between JCU students’ personal and cultural identities. JCU students are invited to submit original works of art representing one or more aspects of their self-understanding (e.g., culture, national origin, religion). Each entry must represent the student’s own original work. Two- or three-dimensional media are acceptable. Posters should be no larger than 11″ x 17″ (done on poster quality paper or artist canvas).  Entries will be displayed in the Dolan Atrium during the “Art of Culture Shock” event, which is open to the public, so students should exercise discretion in their choice of subject and content.  Submissions must be delivered to the Dolan Atrium between the hours of 10am-1pm on the day of the event – Monday, March 27th. Participants in the “Art of Culture Shock” event will be invited to vote for their favorite works. The award-winning work of art will be displayed in the Office for Student Diversity and Inclusion for the remainder of spring semester.  To register your artwork, submit your request here.
  • At 3:30 p.m., Robert Roche, member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) and Native American activist from the American Indian Education Center (AIEC) of Cleveland, will present a public lecture on contemporary Native American cultures and concerns. As an important participant in the Chief Wahoo debate and the Standing Rock DAPL protest, he will reflect on the ways these concerns affect the Native American community and the ways Native Americans advocate for other marginated peoples and the environment. The lecture will take place in the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology.
  • At 5 p.m., Mr. Roche will be the guest of honor at a special dinner – on campus – for interested JCU students, faculty, and staff. This ticketed event will allow selected members of the JCU community to engage in discussion with Mr. Roche while enjoying samples of authentic Native American cuisine. Limited seats are available.  To register for dinner and conversation with Mr. Roche, submit your request here.

The art display, workshop, and lecture are free and open to the public.

For questions, please email trs@jcu.edu or call 216-397-4274.