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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 on Kalapuyailihi (Kalapuya) homelands.

“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 on Kalapuyailihi (Kalapuya) homelands.

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), UO 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, UO professor of History and Environmental Studies, and Kathy Lynn, director of the UO Tribal Climate Change Project

  • Clarita Lefthand-Begay (Diné Nation), University of Washington professor, Information School, Climate and Native Health
  • (TBA soon)

11:30 am – 1:00 pm    Lunch (Indian Tacos will be available 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 with Ron Reed (Karuk) and Kari Norgaard, UO professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies: Cultural Revitalization and Indigenous Land/Resource Management
  • Northern Paiute History Project: Jennifer O’Neal (Grande Ronde), University of Oregon Historian and Archivist Instructor, and Elders from the Warm Springs Indian Reservation
  • Kalapuya Talking Stones: David Lewis (Grande Ronde), Marta Clifford (Grande Ronde), and representatives from Eugene and Springfield Parks and Recreation Depts.

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

3:00 – 4:30 pm            Keynote #2: Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) UCLA professor of American Indian Studies, “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 Salmon is Everything by Theresa May, UO professor of Theatre Arts

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

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

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 (Cherokee Nation), UO professor of Native American Studies and English, and members of the first two cohorts of the NAIS Academic Residential Community