Nina Chordas, an assistant professor of English at the University of Alaska Southeast, will be the featured speaker at the Evening at Egan Lecture beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, in the Egan Lecture Hall on the Auke Bay campus.
Chordas' lecture, titled "Renaissance Utopian Thinking and Genocide: Why is it still relevant?" will focus on how utopian thinking in Western Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries came to contribute to the genocide of Native Americans.
Chordas earned her Ph.D. in English with a specialty in Renaissance Literature from the University of Oregon. Her book, "Forms in Early Modern Utopia: The Ethnography of Perfection" is forthcoming from Ashgate Press.