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Innisfree: Charles Squier

Professor Emeritus Dr. Charles Squier will read from his powerful and emotional book-length poem, Under the White Wing: Events at Sand Creek. Described by author, Reg Saner, as a "masterfully lean and fast-moving verse narrative vividly evokes the characters and motives convergent in one of the nation's most unforgivable chapters, the Sand Creek massacre."

Charles Squier was born in 1931 in Milwaukee and grew up in Shorewood, Wisconsin, within sight and sound of Lake Michigan. His mother's stories of Indians who visited his grandfather's farm in Michigan, of the stone tools, arrowheads, and other objects his plow turned up in the fields and her accounts of French Canadian voyageur ancestors gave him an early awareness of Native American history. He did his undergraduate work at Harvard, served in the U.S. Army at the end of the Korean War, and returned to Harvard for a Master of Arts in Teaching. He received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1963 and joined the faculty of the English Department of the University of Colorado where he taught courses in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. His interest in travel was enhanced by stints as a visiting professor at the University of Liverpool, England; University Paul Valery in Montpellier, France; and at the Tianjin Foreign Language Institute in Tianjin, People's Republic of China. He retired from the University of Colorado in 1999. He has enjoyed acting in a variety of local dramatic productions and is a member of the Colorado Shakespeare Oratorio Society.

Thu Aug 30, 2012 7pm – 8pm Mountain Time