Getting to Know Dr. Denise Askin
December 1, 2006
Saint Anselm English Professor Denise Askin was recently featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. An excerpt of the article is included below. To read the article in its entirety, visit www.diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_6609.shtml
“American Indian literature classes are not plentiful at U.S. colleges and universities, to say the least. But Dr. Denise T. Askin, an English professor at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., is devoted to the subject and is trying to keep it alive in her fall semester class, Native American Voices. Although she isn’t American Indian, Askin has been teaching the class for three years.
“Many of the Native American writers we study stress the importance of story to the survival of the people,” she says. “The story and storyteller keep all that is sacred and meaningful alive for the people. I ask the students to think about the role of story in their own lives and culture, and to think about what is lost when the storytellers are silenced. It is a powerful lesson in the endurance of the human spirit.”