BISMARCK, ND — His passion for students and the Indian culture is certainly evident in his classroom and discussions. But, if that were not convincing enough it certainly can be seen and quantified in the number of books he’s had published and articles he’s penned. Dr. Anton Treuer (pronounced TROY-er) is the author of 14 books, some of which published and illustrated by National Geographic, and countless journals, articles and videos on the topic he holds dear—his Native American heritage.

With Treuer’s expertise it is fitting that the current Bemidji State University professor of Ojibwa will be a featured guest for two back-to-back University of Mary events on campus. On Thursday, October 13, 8 p.m., in Butler Auditorium at the Gary Tharaldson School of Business he will speak about the spiritual aspects of the Indian culture during the popular Grounds for Belief series. Then, on Friday, October 14, 10 a.m., in Butler Auditorium Treuer will talk about “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask.” It’s also the title of one of his books used as a text by universities, including a diversity class here at Mary.

“It’s fortunate our students will meet the author of their Cultural Diversity and Human Relations textbook face to face and engage him as an internationally known Native American scholar,” said Dr. Mike Taylor, associate professor of education at the University of Mary. “For budding educators and those already teaching in our area to have the opportunity to listen and enhance their knowledge of Native American culture with one of the foremost scholars today is profound.”

Both events are free and open to the public.

Treuer spent 12 years on the faculty in Bemidji State’s Department of Languages and Ethnic Studies before being named executive director of the American Indian Resource Center in November of 2012. At BSU, he taught Ojibwe language courses and classes on Ojibwe culture, history and literature. Prior to joining the BSU faculty, Treuer spent four years as an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has received dozens of awards and fellowships from organizations including the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Treuer has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.