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MA, Interdisciplinary Studies
Certificate in American Indian Studies
Larry Smith (Lumbee Nation) is an accomplished producer, publicist and co-host of Pacifica's and KPFK's AMERICAN INDIAN AIRWAVES, the longest running Indigenous radio program in the country. He has had the honor to interview such noted figures as: Sherman Alexie, James S Anaya, Noam Chomsky, Jack Forbes, Andrea Smith, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Haunani-Kay Trask, David E. Wilkins and Robert Williams, just to name a few. For his work in Indigenous media, Larry Smith and AMERICAN INDIAN AIRWAVES received special recognition in 2007 by the Bolivian government's La Prefectura del Departamento de La Paz (The Prefecture of the Department of Peace).
In 2009, Mr. Smith, President of the Indigenous Media Institute attended, through special invitation, the National Conference for Media Reform sponsored by Free Press, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization working on media reform. Mr. Smith attended the national conference to discuss Indigenous human rights, media sovereignty and mass media and telecommunications ownership.
Mr. Smith was currently featured in the Indigenous segment of the political documentary FOOLS ON THE HILL whereby he discusses Indigenous, media politics and aesthetics. In addition, segments from the show "American Indian Airwaves" were included in the sound narrative for the newly released film CALIFORNIA INDIANS.
Mr. Smith has established four non-profit public corporations in recent years. He has a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Mr. Smith has taught at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in Mass Media and Communications and in the American Indian Studies programs at Mesa Community College and CSULB. Presently, Mr. Smith teaches Alternative Media and Mass Media and Popular Culture in the Department of Film and Electronic Arts.