A documentary screening of Always Becoming Always Becoming proceeded this lecture and discussion with the 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, Nora Noranjo Morse. Always Becoming (AB) is a living art piece made of organic material. The five sculptures of AB are ephemeral, and were installed outside of the National Museum of the American Indian on the Smithsonian Mall in Washington D.C. Naranjo Morse is a sculptor, writer, and producer of video films that look at the continuing social changes within Pueblo Indian culture. Her installation exhibits and large-scale public art speak to environmental, cultural, and social practice issues. Beyond New Mexico and Washington D.C., her work can be seen at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Naranjo Morse studied at the College of Santa Fe, where she received her B.A. degree in 1980, and is the recipient of an honorary degree from Skidmore College. In 2014 Naranjo Morse was awarded a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist fellowship. She is the author of two books: a poetry collection, Mud Woman: Poems from the Clay, and a children’s book, Kaa Povi.
Department of Art
Department of Ethnic Studies
Native American Studies Program
Division of Undergraduate Studies
Oregon Humanities Center
Robert D. Clark Honors College
PBK Visiting Scholar Program:
The National Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program sponsors distinguished scholars who visit colleges and universities with Phi Beta Kappa chapters. During their two-day sojourns the visiting scholars meet informally with students and faculty, participate in classroom discussions, and deliver a public lecture open to the entire academic community. The Program seeks to contribute to the intellectual life of the institutions by fostering an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and the resident faculty and students. Now entering its 58th year, the Visiting Scholar Program has sent over 600 Scholars on nearly 5,000 two-day visits.
Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776, is the nation’s oldest academic honor society. With half a million members across the country, it champions excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Alpha of Oregon became the first chapter in the state in 1923. Although three private schools in Oregon now have chapters, the University of Oregon still has the only Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the public Oregon University System. For more information about the Alpha of Oregon chapter please visit: pbk.uoregon.edu or contact: Chapter President Kevin Hatfield (541-346-1977 | email@example.com)