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Norman Akers
Associate Professor of Painting, Director of Art Graduate Studies
785-864-3231
Art and Design Building, room 506

Issues of identity and culture, including Osage mythos, place, and the dynamics of personal and cultural transformation as a Native American artist.

 

Joseph Brewer
Assistant Professor
785-864-9174
Snow Hall, Room 252

Natural resources management for American Indian and Alaskan Natives; energy sovereignty for American Indian tribes and Alaskan Natives; the Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP), Indian land tenure; and how local/regional Indigenous knowledge informs state/federal natural resources management offices.

Christine Daley
Associate Professor, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, Director, Center for American Indian Community Health
913-588-2477
KU Medical Center

Reduction of health disparities in Native North America through primarily cancer control and prevention; cross-cultural communication in the health care setting and via technology; the intersection of qualitative and quantitative ethnographic data collection and analyses; health literacy; traditional medical beliefs surrounding cancer; disease in human evolution; and children with special needs.

Prof. Stephanie Fitzgerald
Director, Indigenous Studies Program, Associate Professor, English
785-864-2586
Lippincott Hall, room 6F

Native women’s textual and cultural productions from the colonial era to the present.

Dr. W. Matthew Gillispie
Clinical Assistant Professor, Schiefelbusch Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic
(785) 864-4690

Preschool and school-age children with speech, language, and literacy disorders; culturally responsive services, especially to children and families from Native American communities.

Dr. Jay T. Johnson
Assistant Professor, Geography
785-864-5547
Lindley Hall, room 402

Cultural geography, comparative Indigenous Nations studies, post-colonialism.

 

Dr. Kelly Kindscher
Senior Scientist, Kansas Biological Survey, Professor, Environmental Studies
785-864-1529
404 Lindley Hall

Native prairies; prairie plants; plant communities; medicinal plants; searching for ethnobotanical and field data that help support the use of native plants.

Dr. Andrew McKenzie
Assistant Professor, Linguistics
785-864-2881
Blake Hall, room 428

Semantics; the grammar of discourse; and Native American languages.

Dr. Brent Metz
Assistant Professor, Anthropology
(785) 864-2631
Fraser Hall, room 631

Changing quality of life and the politics of identity among impoverished Ch'orti'-Maya subsistence farmers in eastern Guatemala and western Honduras, and mestizos in the former Ch’orti’-speaking area of northwestern El Salvador.

Assistant Professor
785-864-6299
Summerfield Hall, Room 118C

Native/Indigenous film and media; new media poetics; transmedia activism; critical health studies.

Dr. Lizette Peter
Associate Professor, School of Education
(785) 864-9625
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, room 439

Revitalization of endangered languages with specific attention to the case of the Cherokee language. 

Dr. Catherine Preston
Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Film & Media Studies
785-864-1351
Oldfather Studios, room 208

Role of visual culture in the construction of identity and memory.

Elizabeth A. Kronk Warner, J.D.
Associate Professor, Law, Director, Tribal Law & Government Center
785-864-1139
Green Hall, room 406

Federal Indian law; tribal law; environment and natural resources; and property.

Robert Warrior
Hall Distinguished Professor of American Literature & Culture
785-864-3976
Wescoe Hall, Room 3110

Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary
Also appointed in American Studies, English

Director & Professor of Museum Studies
785-864-5702
Lippincott Hall, room 6

Historical and legal background by which museums have come to control culturally sensitive objects; the public representation and interpretation of culture; and concerns over the sustainability of local history museums.

Dr. Michael J. Zogry
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
785-864-9444
Smith Hall, room 101

Native American / First Nations religions; theory and method in the study of religions with particular attention to the study of ritual, sport, play and games.


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2nd Annual American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza 
Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Free and open to the public
American Indian arts and crafts vendors, lectures of American Indian cultures and issues, performances by American Indian dancers, photos with American Indian Santa, exhibitions by American Indian community members, silent auction to benefit scholarships for American Indian students, traditional American Indian soup and bread sale, and more
For more information: 913-469-8500 or cais@jccc.edu

FILM - Out of State
Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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