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A Sense of Where You Are: Water, Place and Community

April 13, 2017IASEvents, IAS Thursdays0

A Sense of Where You Are: Water, Place and Community

Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 3:30pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public

mill ruins parkMill Ruins Park at St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, MN. Credit: River Life

The University of Minnesota (Twin Cities campus) is located in Dakota homeland, on one of the great rivers of the world, in a national park. Our responsibilities to this location call us to think about heritage and water in a manner that is fully inclusive. Three community-engaged anthropologists will bring their perspectives to this discussion. Joe Watkins, a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, directed the Native American Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma (2007-13) and consults internationally with Indigenous communities on heritage issues. Barbara Little, adjunct professor of anthropology, University of Maryland, College Park, has published widely on issues of civic engagement and public good. Paul Shackel, director of the University of Maryland’s Center for Heritage Resource Studies, has led numerous community-based archaeology and heritage projects.

See also: Engaging Communities in the Heartland: An Archaeology of a Multi-racial Community and The Archaeologist’s Life: Interview with Paul Shackel.

This IAS Thursdays presentation is a part of the broader Heritage, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement: New Directions in Heritage Studies Residency with Carol Ellick, Barbara Little, Paul Shackel, and Joe Watkins (April 12-14, 2017):

What are the challenges of making “public spaces,” including parks, waterways, and heritage sites, authentically public and welcoming to an increasingly diverse population? The Institute for Advanced Study, the IAS Heritage Collaborative, and the UMN/Minnesota Historical Society Heritage Partnership have invited four leading scholars who work on civically engaged archaeology and heritage initiatives nationally and internationally for a residency focusing on these issues. They will meet with faculty and students who wish to participate in the University’s interdisciplinary graduate program in Heritage Studies and Public History ( They will visit classes and meet with staff and students working at MNHS Historic Sites, including Historic Fort Snelling. They will participate in two public programs: A panel discussion on Indian law and rights (April 12, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Mill City Museum) and a presentation on water, place and community (IAS Thursdays, April 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop). The Heritage Residency is made possible, in part, with support from an Office of the Provost Imagine Fund Special Projects Grant, and support from the IAS Heritage Collaborative. Additional cosponsors include the Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History Program, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Department of Anthropology, and the Mill City Museum. For more information, contact Phyllis Messenger, IAS, 612-625-8606,

Co-sponsored by the IAS Heritage Collaborative, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of American Indian Studies, the Masters in Heritage Studies and Public History Graduate Program, and the Minnesota Historical Society/University of Minnesota Heritage Partnership, with funding from an Office of the Provost Imagine Fund Special Projects Grant. To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the IAS ( 612-626-5054) at least two weeks prior to the event.

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