KATHLEEN OSGOOD Profile
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Dr. Kathleen Osgood is a comparative literature scholar from Vermont, working with the University of the Arctic (www.uarctic.org). Her primary interests are in contemporary indigenous literature of the North, particularly as a tool of cultural revival and survival.
Kati has extensive experience presenting talks to an array of audiences. Since the 1980s, she has been talking to groups as varied as Girl Scouts and international arctic social scientists, laypeople, and indigenous students. For a week in May 2002 Kati brought her doctoral research about circumpolar native literature to students in the literature department at Sakha State University in Yakutsk, Siberia as part of an Arctic Visiting Speakers Tour. Kati has said she likes "the challenge of adapting materials to a particular audience."
Representative lecture topics include:
- The shaman as poet in a postcolonial northern world, Alexey Kulakovsky and prophecy;
- The indigenous author as ecologist: Nils-Aslak Valkeapää and placenames in Sami;
- Northern Images: The films of Markku Lehmuskallio and Zacharias Kunuk; and
- Saana, Malla, and the Tears of Kilpis, an animation about a place in the Arctic for children.
Kati is excited about her chance to be an Arctic Visiting Speaker and feels ARCUS has been pivotal in bringing speakers to the Center for Northern Studies, to Central Vermont, and in enabling her to work with colleagues in far-flung places of the North.