Bismarck State College opens its fourth season of Conversations at BSC series with a dialogue about Sacagawea, possibly the best-known American Indian woman in America.
Held on selected Sunday afternoons, the first of six conversations begins at 3 p.m. Oct. 9 in Schafer Hall's Sidney J. Lee Auditorium.
Each program in the series starts with a presentation by nationally recognized humanities scholar, Clay Jenkinson, followed by discussion with BSC President Larry C. Skogen, a history specialist. Comments and questions from the audience complete the conversation.
The paradox of Sacagawea is that so little is known about her. No one knows when she was born or precisely when and where she died. The Shoshone and Hidatsa make various claims on her. There is even controversy about what she contributed to the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Using the University of Nebraska edition of the Lewis and Clark journals to establish her historically, Jenkinson and Skogen will discuss ways in which Sacagawea is a construction of a non-Indian culture seeking Indian heroines, guides, diplomats and accommodation.
More programs are scheduled Dec. 18, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25 and April 22. Visit the Conversations at BSC website at bsctalk.com or contact BSC Continuing Education, Training & Innovation at 224-5600 for more information.