CSAW is pleased to announce we have rescheduled last year's Garry L. Nall Lecture in Western Studies: Ramona Emerson's, "Mayors of Shiprock: Changing the Narrative with Community." Join us online at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 15, for this anticipated lecture. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required: https://bit.ly/CSAW-Emerson and registrants will also receive access to Emerson's documentary that inspired this talk. For “The Mayors of Shiprock” lecture, also the title of the documentary for which Emerson is best known, Emerson will discuss how a group of young people in the Diné community have stepped into leadership roles to solve social problems on the reservation. This topic emphasizes the importance of youth engagement and community sustainability, two issues central to Emerson’s story of becoming a successful filmmaker. Emerson is Diné—or Navajo—filmmaker and writer originally from Tohatchi, New Mexico. She has her B.A. in Media Arts and MFA in Creative Writing and has worked as a professional videographer, writer, and editor for over 20 years. Emerson has directed six films and just finished her first novel. Based in Albuquerque, where she currently lives, Emerson co-owns Reel Indian Pictures with her husband. This event was made possible with support from West Texas A&M University's Distinguished Lecture Series and College of Fine Arts & Humanities.