The 2011 Lobo Reading Experience selection is "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear," by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.

Alvord, surgeon and university administrator is the daughter of a white mother and a Navajo father, neither of whom completed college. She describes her trip from the Crownpoint public schools, to Dartmouth College, to Stanford University Medical School and finally to being the first Navajo woman surgeon in this 1999 autobiography.

As the first Navajo woman surgeon, she learned to integrate the science-based world of medicine and the spirit-based Native American culture.

As part of the Lobo Reading Experience, An Evening with Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord is set for Thursday, Oct 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building ballroom C.

Incoming freshmen and current students, faculty and staff are encourĀ­aged to read the book and take advantage of fall programs to disĀ­cuss it.

Copies of "The Scalpel and the Silver Bear" are available at the UNM Bookstore for $12.80 with a Lobo ID. Additional activities surrounding the 2011 Lobo Reading Experience will be posted.

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