[lg policy] Morgan Fellows Host Symposium: Native American Identity and Representation :

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 22 15:10:03 UTC 2010

Morgan Fellows Host Symposium: Native American Identity and Representation :

On Saturday, January 23, 2010, Antioch College’s Morgan Fellows will
host the second in a series of monthly symposia focusing on issues in
higher education and society. The topic of this event will be “Native
American Identity and Representation,” and will take place in the
Herndon Gallery at Antioch College, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs,
Ohio, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm with a reception to follow.

“The identities of Native Americans are inherently linked to
landscape, relatives, and language,” says Beverly Rodgers, Ph.D., one
of four Arthur Morgan Fellows at Antioch College. Even when relatives
have gone on, the land degraded, and language fallen into disuse,
these elements continue to form the context of identity for most
Native Peoples. In representing these identities, indigenous writers,
artists, and cultural workers face the dual necessities of educating a
broader public to see past deeply rooted stereotypes of Native Peoples
and creating awareness of the variety of Native experiences and
realities. This has also meant a heightened interest in mixed blood,
hybrid, and multiple identities, and in the increasingly common
urbanized Native realities.


William S. Penn, a member of the Nez Perce Nation, is one of the most
acclaimed contemporary Native American writers. The prizewinning
author and editor of numerous books, among them two novels of
mixed-blood life, The Absence of Angels and Killing Time with
Strangers, Penn's second novel won the 2001 American Book Award for
Literary Merit. He has also produced the influential collections All
My Sins Are Relatives; As We Are Now: Mixblood Essays on Race and
Identity; Feathering Custer; and the anthology The Telling of the
World: Native American Stories and Art. William Penn teaches creative
writing, the oral tradition, and literature of the Americas in the
English Department and the American Indian Studies Program at Michigan
State University.

Daryl Baldwin, a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, directs The
Myaamia Project at Miami University of Ohio. The Project is a joint
research venture between the Miami Tribe and Miami University, charged
with the study and support of the history, culture and language of the
Miami Nation, whose ancestral lands spanned present-day Illinois,
Indiana, southwest Michigan, and Ohio. Baldwin's forefathers were
active in the affairs of the Miami people for several centuries, and
he continues this tribal work via the wide variety of language and
cultural revitalization programming he manages through the Myaamia
Project. Daryl Baldwin holds a Master's Degree in North American
Linguistics from the University of Montana.

Beverly E. Rodgers, Miami by ancestry and culture, is currently one of
four Arthur Morgan Fellows at Antioch College. She has also served
Antioch College as an Associate Professor of Anthropology, as an
Assistant Professor of Co-operative Education, and as the Director of
the Coretta Scott King Center for Cultural and Intellectual Freedom.
Rodgers holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Cultural
Anthropology and specializes in the study of the indigenous peoples of
the Great Lakes region. Her research is tribally-driven and focuses on
issues relevant to the Miami Nation, including cultural identity and
the protection and reclamation of Miami heritage. Dr. Rodgers is a
Research Associate of the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology at
Indiana University and the Director of the Myaamia Foundation.

About the Arthur E. Morgan Fellows …..

Named in honor of Arthur E. Morgan, Antioch College President from
1920-1936, the Fellows are facilitating and coordinating a yearlong
outreach program to alumni and friends of the College nationwide as
the College develops both its program and curriculum. They will also
present symposia on a wide variety of topics on the historic campus in
Yellow Springs, Ohio. The current Morgan Fellows include Anne Bohlen
M.A.; Jean Gregorek, Ph.D.; Beverly Rodgers, Ph.D.; Scott Warren,
Ph.D.; and Director of Work Susan Eklund-Leen, Ph.D.

About Antioch College …..

Antioch College is a private college of the liberal arts and sciences
located in the Village of Yellow Springs, Ohio. Founded in 1852, with
Horace Mann as its first president, it counts among its accomplished
alumni Nobel Prize recipients as well as numerous MacArthur “Genius”
Prize awardees and Fulbright Scholars. The College has a historic
legacy at the vanguard of progressive education through its
work/study/community governance curriculum and was among the first
colleges in the United States to offer equal educational opportunity
to African Americans and women. Antioch College is a member of the
Great Lakes Colleges Association. For more information about the
College please visit www.antiochcollege.org.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com


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