Festival of Ideas

David Treuer headshot

David Treuer

New York Times Bestselling author and Guggenheim Fellow David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. Treuer is the author of seven books and the winner of two Minnesota Book Awards, the California Book Award for Nonfiction, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Carnegie Medal. His writing has appeared in Harper’s, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, LA Times, and The Washington Post, among others. He divides his time between Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at The University of Southern California. 

2024 Schedule

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 at 12:30pm
MAC, 2nd floor


About the Festival of Ideas

What began in 2005 with a generous donation by UT Arlington alumnus Mustaque Ahmed (’81) has grown into an endowment funding dynamic programing that showcases unique aspects of the arts, humanities and social sciences. By appealing to a multi-disciplinary audience, Festival of Ideas brings together the twelve departments and four centers that make up the College of Liberal Arts at UTA.

Festival of Ideas culminates with a keynote speaker who demonstrates the transformative power of creative expression. Selected for their inspiring messaging, commitment to diversity of perspective, and broad appeal, past keynote speakers have been authors, playwrights, artists, and activists.

At its very core, the entire Season of Festival of Ideas unites the University and draws in the larger community around issues that touch every member of society. Festival of Ideas harnesses the power of the arts, humanities and social sciences to explore big ideas and to seek common ground across the human experience.