The UW-Eau Claire American Indian Studies program and its affiliates announce the kickoff of the 2013-14 Priory Speakers Series at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the Woodland Theater of Davies Center. The featured presenter will be Dr. Patty Loew, professor of life sciences communication at UW-Madison and an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, who will present a book signing of the second edition of her book, "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal." After the book signing, Dr. Debra Barker, director of American Indian Studies at UW-Eau Claire and an enrolled member of the Sicangu Oyate, Rosebud Sioux Tribe, will host a conversation with Dr. Loew and members of the Ho-Chunk Nation. These members helped research the chapter on Ho-Chunk history, culture and tribal sovereignty for the second edition of Loew's book. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Dr. James Oberly, professor of history, at email@example.com.