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Patty Loew

Patty Loew
patricia.loew@northwestern.edu

Patty Loew, Ph.D., is a professor in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and director of NU’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. A member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, Loew is author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, now in its second edition, which won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award. She wrote Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by 18,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies text. Her latest book, Seventh Generation Earth Ethics won the 2014 Midwest Book Award for Culture. Loew has produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including the award-winning Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007.  Loew works extensively with Native youth, teaching digital storytelling skills as a way to grow the next generation of Native storytellers and land stewards. She is a former member of the national board of directors for both UNITY: Journalists of Color and the Native American Journalists Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, Loew was a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Life Sciences Communication and the Department of Civil Society and Community Studies in the School of Human Ecology and an affiliate of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the American Indian Studies Program. Loew holds honorary doctorates from Edgewood and Northland Colleges.

Program Assistant

Jennifer Michals Jennifer Michals
jennifer.michals@northwestern.edu

Jennifer Michals holds a B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from De Paul University. She brings more than 15 years' experience in higher education in such areas as teaching, advising, research, and administration. She is committed to increasing the visibility and voice of Native American and Indigenous scholarship, as well as enriching the experience for Native and Indigenous students in higher education. She is looking forward to building community partnerships and supporting Native and Indigenous research.

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