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2019 Western Humanities Alliance Conference: Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities

2019 Western Humanities Alliance Conference

The Oregon Humanities Center will host the 2019 Western Humanities Alliance conference on November 8 and 9, 2019 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

“Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities”

Humanities scholars, universities, and centers across the West are increasingly thinking about ways to leverage institutional strengths and resources for the benefit of the public good, what many are now calling the “Public Humanities.” Centered around three thematic axes—Climate Change, Sovereignty, and Place—this conference explores the challenges and opportunities of such work as it relates to partnering and collaborating with the First Peoples and Nations of the lands our institutions occupy. Responding to the calls of scholars such as Linda Tuhiwai Smith to decolonize methodologies, archives, and institutions; to center Indigenous knowledge, culture, and voices in contemporary work; and to improve relationships with and responsibilities to tribal communities, this conference explores how institutions might productively engage tribal communities based upon core principles of respect, reciprocity, consultation, stewardship, and service.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Tentative Schedule (details subject to change)
All events will take place on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

DAY 1: Friday, November 8, 2019

UO Ford Alumni Center, Lee Barlow Giustina Ballroom

8:30 – 9:30 am            WHA Executive Committee Meeting (WHA members only)

9:30 – 10:00 am          Opening Ceremony

  • Blessing: Marta Clifford, Grande Ronde Elder
  • Welcome song: Jason Younker, Coquille Nation, Assistant Vice President and Advisor to the President on Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations
  • Welcome remarks

10:00-11:30 am          Keynote #1: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples
Opening remarks: Mark Carey, Professor of History and Environmental studies and Kathy Lynn, Director of the UO Tribal Climate Change Project

  • Clarita Left Hand Begay, University of Washington, Climate & Health
  • (TBA soon)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Lunch (Indian Tacos will be for individual purchase to support the Native American Student Union at UO’s Many Nations Longhouse) 

1:00 – 2:30 pm            Panel #1: Decolonizing History and Restorying Place in the Public Humanities

  • UO/Karuk Partnerships (Ron Reed, Kari Norgaard): Cultural Revitalization and Indigenous Land/Resource Management
  • Northern Paiute History Project: Jennifer O’Neal, University Historian and Archivist Instructor, and Elders from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
  • Kalapuya Talking Stones: David Lewis, Marta Clifford, and Reps from Eugene and Springfield Parks and Rec Depts.

2:30 – 3:00 pm            Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:30 pm            Keynote #2: Mishuana Goeman, “Beyond Settler Apologies: Land grant Institutions and Indigenous Futurities”

4:30 – 7:30 pm            Dinner Break

7:30 – 9:00 pm            Community-based Art and Performance-as-Activism: Concert reading of Theresa May’s Salmon is Everything

DAY 2: Saturday, November 9, 2019 

Erb Memorial Union, Redwood Auditorium

9:00 – 10:30 am          Panel #2: Community-based Research, Institutional Partnerships, and Giving Back

  • Southwest Oregon Repatriation Project (SWORP): Returning Cultural Patrimony Home
    • Northwest Indian Language Institute (NILI): Research, Revitalization, Collaboration
    • Oregon Folk Life Network Field School: Documenting Oral Histories with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
    • Museum of Natural and Cultural History: Cannupa Hanska Luger Visit

10:30 – 11:00 am        Break (refreshments provided)

11:00 am – 12:45 pm  Film screening: Sovereignty: Promised Land is a film about the struggles for federal recognition by the Chinook and Duwamish tribal nations

12:45 – 1:30 pm          Panel #4: Discussion of the film Promised Land

  • Tony Johnson, Tribal Chairman of the Chinook Indian Nation
  • Representatives from Duwamish Nation
  • Vacant and Sarah Salcedo, filmmakers

1:30 – 2:00 pm            Closing Ceremony/Song

2:00 – 3:00 pm            Optional, end of conference activity
NAIS ARC and Indigenous UO Walking Tour: Kirby Brown and members of the first two cohorts of the NAIS Academic Residential Community

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