Back to top

Fall 2013

2013 Speaker Schedule

Tactical Refusal: Global Indigenous Art

September 4: Professor Jolene Rickard, Cornell University

Social Capital and Indigenous Health: (Re)Focusing on Culture, Community and Context in Health Promotion and Intervention Research

September 18: Professor Angela Gonzales, Cornell University

Speaker Bio: Angela Gonzales
Associate Professor of Development Sociology  & American Indian Studies, Cornell University
Her research focuses on understanding and addressing disparities in the prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and cancer-related health conditions among American Indians. In 2007, Dr. Gonzales conducted a cross-sectional study of Hopi adult tribal members to examine the association between social capital and colorectal cancer knowledge, attitudes, and screening practices. Building upon this research, she is currently partnering with the Hopi Tribe on a community--based research project titled, Enhancing Cervical Cancer Prevention Strategies among Hopi Women and Adolescents. This 5-year project includes two theoretically linked studies, designed to cover the lifespan of HPV prevention and screening. The study is supported by an NIH Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) P50 grant awarded to the University of Washington (UW) and Black Hills Center for American Indian Health (BHCAIH). Dr. Gonzales is an enrolled citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Shungopavi.

Writing and Editing in a Cherokee Cultural Context: A Backstory of Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars' Club

October 9: Professor Christopher Teuton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Speaker Bio: Chris Teuton
Dr. Christopher B. Teuton joined the faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill in Fall 2012 as Associate Professor of American Studies. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and teaches Indigenous Textual and Cultural Studies within the American Indian Studies curriculum of the American Studies Department. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Teuton taught Indigenous literature at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the University of Denver, and Appalachian State University. He’s honored to be living in the traditional homelands of the Shakori, Eno, and Sissipahaw, close to the Smoky Mountains and Cherokee country.

Voting Rights vs. Treaty Rights on Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota

October 23: Professor Thomas Biolsi, University of California Berkeley

Speaker Bio: Tom Biolsi
is an anthropologist by training and has conducted most of his research on Rosebud Reservation, with a focus on political and legal history.  His books include Organizing the Lakota:  The Political Economy of the New Deal on Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations and Deadliest Enemies:  Law and Race Relations on and off Rosebud Reservation.

Mapping Cayuga Occupancy: Thirteen Thousand Years of Indigenous Residence

November 6: Professor Kurt Jordan, Cornell University

Speaker Bio: Kurt Jordan
Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies at Cornell University. 
Research centers on the archaeology of Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) peoples, emphasizing the settlement patterns, housing, and political economy of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century Senecas. The empirical evidence provided by archaeology can do much to combat inaccurate narratives of Indian decline and powerlessness that pervade scholarly and popular writing about Native Americans. For example, fieldwork at the 1715-1754 Seneca Townley-Read site near Geneva, New York, recovered data indicating substantial Seneca autonomy, selectivity, innovation, and opportunism in an era usually considered to be one of cultural disintegration.

Bolivia’s TIPNIS Conflict: Amazonian resistance and fragmentation of a national indigenous movement

November 20: Simon Velazquez, Ph.D Candidate, Cornell University

Speaker Bio: Simon Velasquez
(Apache/Yaqui) Ph.D. Candidate (Department of Government) Cornell University
Concentration in Comparative Politics, Specializing in Latin American Politics. 
Research interests: The political economy of development, social movements, and indigenous politicization.
With nearly two years of fieldwork in Bolivia and Ecuador, his work examines the differing ways in which indigenous movements have been incorporated into formal political systems during the recent shift from neoliberalism to more leftist and statist governments, and how they have used these reconfigured political spaces to contest development policy based on natural resource extraction. Simon graduated from Boise State University and holds an M.A. in Government from Cornell.

Indigenous Knowledge and Environmental Education: 3 Case Studies of Engaging Diverse Youth

December 4: Jason Corwin, Ph.D Candidate, Cornell University

Speaker Bio: Jason Corwin
(Seneca) Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University
Jason  is a lifelong photographer and filmmaker whose work revolves around the intersection of storytelling, Indigenous Ways of Knowing, nature, and technology, through a pedagogical perspective of positive youth development, justice, and decolonization.