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NAS Dept Annual Berger lecture: Dr. James E. Shanley

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Museum of the Rockies, Hager Auditorium

James E. Shanley, recently retired president of Fort Peck Community College and a former president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the American Indian College Fund, will deliver the 2012 Phyllis Berger Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Hager Auditorium at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies.

Shanley's lecture on "Personal and Religious Perspectives on American Indian Life" is free and open to the public.

Shanley was born and raised on the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Reservation. He graduated from Poplar High School and Eastern Montana College (now MSU-Billings) with a bachelor's degree. He has a master's degree in community education from Arizona State University and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He also completed the program for Community School Leadership at the National Center for Community Education in Flint, Mich. and was a recipient of a Bush Fellowship at San Diego State University.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army, spending one year in Vietnam in the Army infantry.  After his service, Shanley became an adult education teacher at the United Tribes Education Technical Center (now United Tribes Technical College) in Bismarck, N.D., eventually becoming dean of academic services, also serving as the Johnson O'Malley director for North Dakota. Shanley was the second president at Standing Rock Community College (now Sitting Bull College) in Fort Yates, N.D. In 1980, he became the director of the Southwest Resource and Evaluation Center in Tempe, Ariz., serving Indian education entities and schools in a seven-state area.

In 1984, Shanley returned to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Reservation as president of Fort Peck Community College, where he served until retiring on Jan.1 of this year.

Shanley also served as president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium for four years and was on the group's executive committee for more than 20 years. He was one of the founders of the American Indian College Fund, serving as president for two years. He was on many state and national boards throughout his career and still serves as a governor's appointee to the Humanities Montana Board.

In September 2012, Shanley was awarded the George Autry award for contributions to Rural Community Colleges by the National Rural Community College Alliance. 

The annual Berger Memorial Lecture honors the memory of MSU benefactor Phyllis Berger, and is offered each year at MSU by a nationally recognized Native American, Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian scholar, artist or leader speaking on Native history, cultures or contemporary issues of interest and importance to both Indian and non-Indian people.

For more information, call the Department of Native American Studies at 994-3881.

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