Speaker Profile

IMG_ri7n1mAmanda’s TEDx Lehigh River talk has been postponed until Jan/Feb 2019 and will be available here once it is live. In the meantime, enjoy these testimonials about some of Amanda’s recent speaking engagements:

On “A Celebration of Indigenous Presence” Presentation:
“I received so many positive comments about your presentation (and I’m sure I will get even more when I ask my students on Thursday). Several of the high school teachers praised your workshop, too. Thanks for helping to make the day a positive experience for our students!”

— Patricia C., Humanitarian Fair Director, Stockton University (NJ)





Click photo to watch video testimonial by Dr. Bob Kilker

A sampling of student feedback on “A Celebration of Indigenous Presence” (you can bring Amanda and this talk to your school!)

Christina T. “I thought the presentation was super interesting. It really opened my eyes on how little I know about Native Americans. I loved watching the videos, hearing the music and reading the comic books. They really changed my perspective as to what I was taught.”

Axavier D. “I found the break-out session to be extremely informative and eye opening. Despite apparently having Native American heritage according to my dad, I never really cared about it much or took the time to look into it.”

Devon D. “I thought Dr. Morris’ presentation was interesting. I knew that Native Americans were still around but you could tell how passionate she was about what she teaches.”

Tristan D. “I really enjoyed the seminar on indigenous peoples. I was able to see a side of indigenous peoples that I never have before, such as their presence in the music and comic industries.”

Melissa T. “I loved the speaker on indigenous people from the fair. I actually downloaded the music she suggested. She was entertaining, knew her audience, and opened my eyes a lot. I absolutely loved it.”

Maria S. “I thought her lecture was very good and interesting. I never knew that there was contemporary music, books, etc. out there by indigenous people. So I was very pleasantly surprised to see all the things she showed us.”

Alyssa B. “The presentation was very interesting. I was exposed to a lot of things that I had not known before. I particularly enjoyed the music by Drezus and about the Pipeline. It was interesting to see that culture associated with rap music.”

Brian B. “I thought that the presentation was excellent. While I have taken several courses amongst independent research on indigenous peoples, many people (especially younger college students) haven’t the slightest ideas of their culture, struggles, or everyday life. While I was already aware of several of the resources discussed on the slides, I was unaware of the variety of comic books available which I thought was great and will be checking out.”

Daisey F. “I found her seminar quite interesting. I myself did not think much about how indigenous people lived nowadays and to learn about them was eye opening and makes me want to learn more. Her presentation was well done and I think perfect for trying to get more people to learn about the topic.”

Donna S. “The presentation was very interesting. It helped broaden my knowledge about Native Americans. I knew they still existed but I had really no idea about them joining the Hip Hop culture. Something like this should be done more often, but at an even bigger scale. More people should learn and know about the lives of Native Americans.”

Kristina P. “I enjoyed how modern music written by the Native Americans was played. It shows that they are normal people and just like everyone else.”

Available Talks (Can also be customized to fit your needs):

A Celebration of Indigenous Presence. 45 minutes. Introduction to contemporary indigenous meaning makers that are more exciting and accessible for high school and college students – comic books, rap music, films, and video games created by indigenous makers. Appropriate for high school, college, and general public audiences.

Mythbusting about Native Americans. 45 minutes. Six common questions and detailed truthful answers with plenty of contemporary examples and information. Appropriate for high school, college, and general public audiences.

Native American Stand-Up Comedy. 45 minutes. Introduction to contemporary Indigenous comedians. Better learning through laughter. Appropriate for college and general public audiences.

Decolonizing the Classroom: How and Why to Center Indigenous Voices. For educators seeking to expand indigenous voices in their own classrooms. Can be a 45 minute presentation or a half-day workshop.

Speaking fee: Negotiable.

Email Amanda today to start the conversation: amandamorrisphd@gmail.com or complete the contact form below.


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