Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies

Image of Rollie and Olga Denison.The Olga J. and G. Roland Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies was established in 2007 through generous donations from the Denison family. The gift is used to support an endowed professorship in Native American Studies to enhance the capability of the Native American Studies Program at Central Michigan University. The program will bring in a noted scholar, artist or practitioner to CMU each year for an extended visit,  ranging from one month to a full semester, to teach, research, lecture, serve the community and participate in other activities of the program.

The mission of the Native American Studies Program is to increase understanding of the historical experiences, cultural traditions and innovations, and political status of Indian peoples in the United States and Canada. The Denison Visiting Professorship of Native American Studies will help build upon the relationship between the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, CMU and the Mount Pleasant community.

The inaugural visiting professor, Eddie Benton-Banai, taught on campus during the fall 2009 semester. Read our spring 2008 newsletter article about the Denison family's gift to CMU.