Programs

  • Two very special guests will be giving talks at the Institute of English and American Studies at the University of Debrecen. Maristella Feustle from the University of North Texas and Kevin Killer from South-Dakota will be discussing The Legacy of Willis Conover in Hungary – Jazz Culture behind the Iron Curtain and Native America Today – Challenges and Opportunities.

    American Corner Debrecen and the U.S. Embassy in Budapest cordially invite you to

    The Legacy of Willis Conover in Hungary – Jazz Culture behind the Iron Curtain

    presentation with

    Maristella Feustle, Music Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas and Chair of the Music Library Association Preservation Committee

    Native America Today – Challenges and Opportunities

    presentation with

    Kevin Killer, Native American State Representative from South Dakota and Director of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance

    Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 10 AM

    Venue: Studio 111 main bldg., Institute of English and American Studies University of Debrecen

    Maristella Feustle is the Music Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas, and the current chair of the Music Library Association Preservation Committee. Her research interests include digital humanities, music and diplomacy, and jazz history. Being in charge of the Willis Conover collection she has presented on music and public diplomacy, and specifically on the role of Willis Conover, in Dortmund, Germany, and Warsaw, Poland, as well as in the United States. She lives in Denton, Texas, and is active as a jazz guitarist in the Dallas area.

    Kevin Killer is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and is currently serving his third term in the South Dakota State House as a representative of District 27 on the Pine Ridge reservation.  He is the Director of the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (NYLA), a non-profit organization that uses indigenous approaches to leadership development and community change for Native youth.  Kevin's role at NYLA includes local and national relationship building, fund development, and fellow support and training.

    As a state representative, he is currently working on Indian Child Welfare Act and Native health care legislation.  He is a member of the Young Elected Officials Network and National Conference of State Legislators.