Dordt College News

James C. Schaap speaks about Dakota War of 1862

February 29, 2012

“What happened in south central Minnesota 150 years ago has been spoken of in a number of ways – Little Crow's War, the Dakota Rebellion, and most recently, the Dakota War,” says James C. Schaap, master storyteller and professor of English at Dordt College. “However it's named the Dakota War of 1862, and it has to be among the most significant events in regional history. Oddly enough, most of us know nothing about it. But many of those who do, don't know how to talk about it, even though what happened is an entire century-and-a-half behind us.”

Schaap will speak about the significance of the war and share thoughts about its significance in a presentation titled “The Dakota War of 1862: Our state desolated, our homes broken up, our border stained with blood.” He will present the lecture on Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium, as part of the First Mondays Speaker Series.

A student of Native American culture, Schaap authored the book Rehoboth: A Place for Us, a compilation of stories that share the experiences of native people on the Rehoboth reservation.

Schaap has been a professor of English at Dordt College for over 30 years. He is an award-winning author of 22 books, and his short stories, essays, and articles have appeared in magazines and journals such as Poet & Critic, IMAGE, and The Banner. Schaap also writes regularly at his blog, “Stuff in the Basement.” He earned a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and he lives in Sioux Center with his wife.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings biblically-based thinkers, writers, and opinion-leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission through enriching academic experiences that help equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ-centered renewal in contemporary life.

This event is free and open to the public.

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