Save the date for our upcoming lecture: The Cost of Free Land with Rebecca Clarren.

Join award-winning journalist Rebecca Clarren as she shares archival photographs and stories about her Jewish ancestors who fled persecution and homesteaded on the South Dakota prairie and her family’s Lakota neighbors, as both negotiated the hostility around them. Her new book The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota and an American Inheritance exposes the myriad ways the United States privileged white immigrants like her ancestors at great cost to Native Americans, and grapples with how we living in America today can respond to this history. This lecture will be followed by a Q & A and book signing.


This hybrid event will take place on March 19 at 5:00 PM at BU Photonics Center (8 St. Mary’s Street, Boston), Room 906, and will also be live-streamed on Zoom.

Register HERE.

Rebecca Clarren has been writing about the American West for more than twenty years. She is the winner of the 2021 Whiting Nonfiction Grant for her work on The Cost of Free Land. Her journalism, for which she has won the Hillman Prize, an Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship, and ten grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism, has appeared in such publications as Mother Jones, High Country News, The Nation, and Indian Country Today. Her debut novel, Kickdown (Sky Horse Press, 2018), was shortlisted for the PEN/Bellwether Prize. She lives in Portland, Ore., with her family. The Cost of Free Land was named a Best Book of 2023 by Kirkus Reviews, The Jewish Forward and the Tribal College Journal.