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New Work and Critical Questions in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. February 25, 2016

February 25, 2016IASEvents, IAS Thursdays0

Building on the Past for the Future: New Work and Critical Questions in American Indian and Indigenous Studies

Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public


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Join UMN faculty David Chang, Jean O’Brien, and Brenda Child in conversation as they discuss their recent work in the dynamic field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies, addressing critical questions through lenses of research, memoir, activism, and pedagogy.

David Chang is Associate Professor of History, American Studies, and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. His second book, The World and All the Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration (May 2016 University of Minnesota Press), traces how Kanaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiian people) in the nineteenth century explored the outside world, generated their own understandings of it, and placed themselves strategically in the discursive constructions of global geography they created.

Brenda Child is Associate Professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is author of Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900-1940, and Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000.

Jean O’Brien is Professor of History, American Studies, and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. In 2015, she was named McKnight Distinguished University Professor, and in 2014 received the Western History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in American Indian History. She is author of Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England as well as Dispossession by Degrees: Indian Land and Identity in Natick, Massachusetts, 1650–1790.

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