Friday, April 14, 2023
Hybrid: Northrop, Best Buy Theater & Online
Register here for in-person and online attendance
The Place and Relations Capstone: Indigenizing Education at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a day of engaged conversation marking the culmination of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-supported Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative’s four years of work.
This initiative across the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities, Morris, and Duluth campuses along with community partners has worked to amplify efforts to decolonize the university through creating and sustaining collaborative work in the humanities that centers Indigenous epistemologies and research methods, place-based knowledge, community engagement, and diverse ways of knowing.
The Place and Relations Capstone symposium is free and open to the public. It includes an opening ceremony with Sharon Day, keynote speaker Mishuana Goeman (University of Buffalo), and three roundtables with Indigenous community, faculty, and student speakers on Indigenous Pedagogy and the Humanities Futures Labs, Indigenous-led Community Projects, and University Reparation Projects and Transformation. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for attendees.
Best Buy Theater, 4th floor of Northrop, 84 Church Street, Minneapolis 55455. All events will also be live streamed via Zoom.
All events are free and open to the public. However, registration is requested. Register here to attend in person or online.
The Place and Relations Capstone: Indigenizing Education is presented by the Environmental Stewardship, Place, and Community Initiative with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study.
Full Capstone Schedule
Place and Relations Capstone: Indigenizing Education
Friday, April 14, 2023
All locations Northrop, Best Buy Theater (or online) unless noted otherwise.
8:30–9:00 a.m. CT
Continental Breakfast: Gluten-free & dairy-free options available
All attendees welcome
Northrop, 4th Floor Gallery
9:00–10:45 a.m. CT
Welcome, Opening Ceremony, Keynote | Caring for Landscapes of Justice in Perilous Settler Environments
- Welcome by Bianet Castellanos: Director, Institute for Advanced Study
- Opening Ceremony by Sharon Day
NOTE: Opening Ceremony will NOT be livestreamed.
- Keynote by Mishuana Goeman: Chair and Professor of Indigenous Studies, University at Buffalo
Moderated by Christine Taitano DeLisle: Associate Professor of American Indian Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. CT
Session 1 | Relating with Place: Indigenous-led Community Projects
- Maggie Lorenz: Executive Director, Wakaŋ Tipi Awaŋyankapi
- Waziyatawin: Executive Director, Makoce Ikikcupi
- Dr. Roxanne Biidabinokwe Gould: Associate Professor, Department of Education and Ruth A. Meyers Center for Indigenous Education, University of Minnesota Duluth
- Moderated by Čhaŋtémaza: Senior Teaching Specialist, American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
12:15–1:45 p.m. CT
Gluten-free & dairy-free options available
All attendees welcome
Northrop, Founder’s Room (2nd Floor)
1:45–3:00 p.m. CT
Session 2 | Indigenous Pedagogy in Higher Education: The Humanities Futures Labs
- Becca Gercken: Humanities Futures Labs Project Director & Morse Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of English and American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Morris
- Clement Loo: Humanities Futures Labs Faculty Co-Teacher & Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Sustainable Leaders for the Future Program, University of Minnesota Morris
- Gavin Zempel: Humanities Futures Labs Undergraduate Student & Native American and Indigenous Studies & Psychology Double Major, University of Minnesota Morris
- Mia Sam: Humanities Futures Labs Undergraduate Student & Native American and Indigenous Studies Major, University of Minnesota Morris
- Neo Bhavsar: Humanities Futures Labs Undergraduate Student & Native American and Indigenous Studies & Public Policy Double Major, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- Racquel Banaszak: Humanities Futures Labs Graduate Fellow & Master of Heritage Studies and Public History Candidate, College of Design, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- Tyler Seidel: Humanities Futures Labs Graduate Fellow & Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior PhD Candidate, College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
- Moderated by Isabel Huot-Link: Humanities Futures Labs Graduate Fellow & Master of Human Rights Candidate, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota Twin Cities
3:15–4:30 p.m. CT
Session 3 & Closing | University Reparations and Transformation: Embarking on a Tremendous Journey
- Jaime Arsenault: Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Repatriation Representative, and Archives Manager for the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
- An Garagiola: University Project Coordinator, TRUTH Project and Project Manager in the Office of Native American Affairs
- Elizabeth Rule: Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University in Washington, DC
- Moderated by Vicente Diaz: Department Chair and Distinguished University Teaching Professor, American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota Twin Cities