Events Archive

Leadership Luncheon with Suzanne Heck
April 11, 2013 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm | Kansas Union, English Room

Suzanne Heck is a professional public relations/journalist who has written primarily about or for Native American people for almost 20 years. She presently works as the news/web editor for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and holds a doctorate in American Studies from the University of Kansas. She is also an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has been published in academic and mainstream journals and magazines. This Leadership Luncheon is co-sponsored by the Kansas Native American Affairs Office and the Indigenous Studies Program. Space is limited and those who would like to attend should reserve their spot by emailing


What Can We Say About Rock-art?
An Explorations in Archaeology event
March 8, 2013 | 4:00 pm | Kansas Union, Pine Room | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Rock-art is both ubiquitous and enigmatic. It confirms ancient connections to landscapes while defying easy decipherment. Professor Welsh will give an overview of current research on the distribution and interpretation of Southwestern rock-art with comparative examples from other locales. He will discuss continuing challenges and potential for new understanding. Peter Welsh earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held a number of academic and professional positions, including serving as the founding director of the Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Director of the Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, and Chief Curator of the Heard Museum. He has worked with Native American cultures in Wyoming and the Southwest and has conducted research on rock-art in Arizona and China. Join us at the Bird Dog in the Oread for refreshments after the talk.


Leonard Primiano Lecture
Professor of Religion, Cabrini College
March 7, 2013 | 7:00-9:00 pm | Kansas Union, Malott Room| University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS


Tribal Law & Government Conference
March 1, 2013 | Burge Union | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Each year, KU hosts the Tribal Law & Government Conference, which devotes significant scholarly attention to the study of organic tribal law, modern tribal governments and the evolution of tribal common law. The conference highlights how works of scholars and tribal jurists addressing the emerging and historical problems of indigenous law and governance are critical to strengthening tribal sovereignty. This year’s theme is climate change and its impact on indigenous peoples. The conference will also mark the domestic launch of the book “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies” (Randall Abate & Elizabeth Ann Kronk eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013).

KU Law's annual Diversity in Law Banquet will follow the conference. This year’s banquet is hosted by the KU Native American Law Students Association. Conference attendees are invited to attend the banquet. Register online

6 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hours of ethics, has been approved in Kansas and Missouri. Lunch will be provided. Parking is available for $1.50 an hour in the Visitor Parking Garage, just south of Green Hall. Visitors who park in the surface lot east of the law school will be ticketed. For question, please contact Professor Elizabeth Ann Kronk at 785-864-1139 or


Events with Mary Evelyn Tucker
February 28, 2013 | All Day | Spencer Museum of Art | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Filmmaker and religious studies/environmental studies scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker will offer several presentations and opportunities for discussion.

9:30-10:45 am: Student Colloquium at the Commons at Spooner Hall

11:30 am-12:30 pm: Veggie Lunch at ECM with Students

7:00 pm: Community Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The Spencer Museum of Art is also hosting a self-guided tour of environmentally themed art. Co-sponsored by KU Religious Studies, Environmental Studies, Indigenous Studies and KU EcoJustice. Ecumenical Campus Ministries, The Elizabeth Schultz Environmental Fund, Visiting Scholars in Religion and Kawsmos are community-based sponsors.


Screening of the Journey of the Universe at Liberty Hall (Film) Followed by a discussion with filmmaker Mary Evelyn Tucker
February 27, 2013 | 5:30pm - 8:30pm | Liberty Hall, 642 Massachusetts St. | Lawrence, KS

The Indigenous Studies program is proud to co-sponsor a screening of the Emmy award-winning documentary Journey of the Universe: An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth and Human Transformation, as well as a series of associated events. Filmmaker and religious studies/environmental studies scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker will offer several presentations and opportunities for discussion. For more information about the film or Mary Evelyn Tucker, and for a full schedule visit the link below.


The Experiences of Indigenous Students in Australia: A Presentation by Students from the University of Newcastle, Australia
December 14, 2012 | 1:30pm - 2:30pm | Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center

Enjoy hot cider and cookies and hear from a group of undergraduate students from the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle, Australia. They are visiting the United States on a leadership program and will be in Lawrence for one day. They will present on aspects of their cultural identity and experiences as indigenous students in Australia.


Indigenous Peoples and the Law of the Land
November 27, 2012 | 12:00 pm | Sabatini Multicultural Resource Center | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Indigenous Peoples continue to face new challenges as climate change impacts the environment, Native land rights, and their communities.  Professors Fitzgerald and Kronk will each present one case study.

Students interested in learning more about the Indigenous Studies graduate program, the Law School, the Tribal Law and Government Center, and the joint degree between Law and Indigenous Studies are encouraged to attend.

This activity is co-sponsored by the Indigenous Studies program and the Law School as part of Native American Heritage Month.


Ceremony Honoring Chester Nez
November 12, 2012 | 11:00am | Lied Center, Pavilion | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Twenty-nine Navajo Marines created an unbreakable military code used during World War II. Memories of those glory days are fading, and Chester Nez is the last living original Code Talker. In the spring of 1952, Nez had completed three years of study at the University of Kansas. Unfortunately, he had exhausted his GI Bill funding and was unable to secure enough money to complete his fine arts studies. In honor of his service and to celebrate Veterans Day, the University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will present the degree Chester Nez was unable to complete 60 years ago. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am on Monday, November 12 at the Lied Center Pavilion on the Lawrence campus. This recognition ceremony is free and open to the public and is part of KUs Native Heritage Month activities.


Kansas Languages Symposium
November 8, 2012 | 8:30am – 8:00pm | Johnson County Community College
Dozens of languages are spoken by Kansans, and the cultures and ethnicities that created them, will be the subject of a symposium this fall at JCCC. The day-long symposium will be Thursday, Nov. 8 in Hudson Auditorium of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the JCCC campus. The languages of German, Arabic, Spanish and Osage will be explored in a series of presentations. Speakers also will meet in a panel discussion to explore the similarities and differences among the languages.

Presenters will include:

  • William Keel, professor of Germanic languages, University of Kansas
  • Mervat Ibrahim, adjunct associate professor, Arabic, JCCC
  • Hector Martinez, director, Adult Learning Center, Garden City Community College
  • Ed Smith, Center for American Indian Studies, JCCC

At 7 p.m., Keel will deliver a keynote address that explores the diversity of languages in the state as a way of understanding Kansas indigenous and immigrant experience.


New Myths about Ancient Mayas: A History of the 2012 Phenomenon
November 07, 2012 | 7:00pm | Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Auditorium

Dr. John Hoopes, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Did ancient Mayas really predict the end of the world as we know it? What’s the truth about 2012? What has come to be known as the 2012 phenomenon is an outpouring of claims that the end of the 13th baktun of the Long Count calendar on December 21, 2012 will be accompanied by cataclysmic earth changes and/or a metaphysical New Age transformation of consciousness. When embellished by both academic and non-academic scholars, these have resulted in an outpouring of popular culture that reveals much more about non-indigenous culture and especially about our own hopes and fears than it does about ancient Mayas.


Confirmation, Controversy or Chaos: Using Traditional and Scientific Knowledge to Understand Environmental Change
October 29, 2012 | 11:15am | Spooner Hall, The Commons | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

National Science Foundation C-CHANGE Colloquium Series Sponsored by The Institute for Policy & Social Research, NSF Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets, Environmental Studies Program, and NSF C-CHANGE IGERT Program


Cultural Awareness in Higher Education featuring Sam Deloria
October 25, 2012 | 12:30pm | Green Hall, Room 203 | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS
Hosted by NALSA, BLSA, HALSA, and ALSA


Workshop: Federal Government Website for and about Native Americans
October 2-4, 2012 | Haskell Indian Nations University Library, KU Watson Library
Workshop attendees will build research skills and learn how to maximize their user experience on each of the websites covered. See the link below for a full list of available workshops and times.  Workshops on October 2 & 3 will be held at Haskell's Library.  On October 4, the workshops will be held at KU's Watson Library.


Maurice Kenny Reading
September 14, 2012 | 7:00pm | Kansas Union, Kansas Room | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS
The English Department, Indigenous Studies, History, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will co-sponsor a reading by acclaimed poet Maurice Kenny, emeriti writer in residence at SUNY Potsdam. Kenny is the author of over twenty-eight books of poetry and prose, many of which explore his Mohawk heritage and Mohawk history. Two of his books of poetry, Blackrobe: Isaac Jogues and Between Two Rivers, were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. His book The Mama Poems won the American Book Award in 1984. As a writer and activist, Kenny is situated at the center of literary studies, history, Native Studies, and gender studies. Please join us in welcoming Maurice Kenny to KU.


Leadership Luncheon
September 13, 2012 | 12:00pm | Kansas Union, English | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

The Indigenous Studies program and Chris Howell, the Executive Director of the Kansas Native American Affairs Office, invite students and faculty to attend a Leadership Luncheon with special guest speaker Vivien Olsen, Attorney for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. Lunch will be provided for students. RSVPs to are requested by September 10.


CoLang 2012 (Conference)
June 18-29, 2012 | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

CoLang 2012 is a six-week Institute on Collaborative Language Research, to be held at the University of Kansas in the summer of 2012. The Institute is designed to provide an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students, practicing linguists, and community linguists to become trained in a wide range of skills in community-centered language documentation. The six-week institute consists of two parts: the Workshops - two weeks of intensive workshops on the practice of documentary linguistics, followed by a Practicum- a four-week apprenticeship in the application of linguistic science and technology to on-site empirical documentation (a.k.a. field linguistics). The two parts are integrated, as students who enroll in the Practicum are required to enroll in the preceding Workshops, thereby receiving an intensive course in documentary best practices before putting these skills to use. Participants may choose to enroll only in the two-week Workshops.


Dr. Quetzil Castaneda presents Maya 2012 (Lecture)
April 26, 2012 | 7:00pm | Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St, Auditorium

Are you prepping your apocalypse kit for the end of the world this December? Visiting professor Dr. Quetzil Castaneda appears at Lawrence Public Library on April 26th to shed some scholarly light on the Maya 2012 phenomenon. Professor Castaneda will show clips from his award-winning documentary film, Incidents of Travel in Chichen Itzi, and speak about the Maya 2012 calendar, including the end of the 5,125 yr. long cycle, astrological alignments, the events set to occur in December 2012, and the end of a "world age." Dr. Quetzil Castaneda is a visiting professor from OSEA-CITE & Indiana University, where he is a Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and currently teaches Yucatec Maya language courses. Castaneda has also taught at Princeton, the University of Hawaii, the University of Houston, and the Universidad Autnoma de Yucatin in Mexico, and he has over 20 years experience conducting research in Mexico.

Presented by the Lawrence Public Library and the KU Center of Latin American Studies


Beyond Blankets: Smallpox, Human Agency, and American Indian Mortality (Lecture)
April 24, 2012 | 12:00pm | Kansas Union, Parlors | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Dr. Paul T. Kelton, Associate Professor and History Department Chair, will discuss the real and imagined incidents of biological warfare against North American indigenous peoples from first contacts through the mid-19th century. Employing his own research, he will put American Indian mortality from germs within the larger colonial context to which it rightfully belongs.

Download Additional Information: Dr. Kelton Lecture - Beyond Blankets.pdf


12th Annual University of Kansas-Haskell Indian Nations University Student Research Symposium
April 17, 2012 | 4:00pm | Haskell Indian Nations University, Tecumseh Hall | Lawrence, KS
Now in its 12th year, the University of Kansas-Haskell Indian Nations University Student Research Symposium includes undergraduate and graduate student presenters from various programs at both universities. Poster presentations will cover topics such as biochemistry, cell biology, chemical engineering, civil engineering, environmental studies, microbiology, and psychology. A brief program will begin at 4:30 p.m.


Indigenous Geographies Speaker Series: Urban indigeneity, neighbourhood regeneration and indigenous community gardens: An indigenous health initiative?
March 02, 2012 | 3:30pm | Lindley Hall, 412 | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Dr. Brad Coombes, Senior Lecturer in Geography and Environmental Management and Co-Director, Te Whare Kura at the University of Auckland. Maori "the Indigenous population of New Zealand " supposedly lead an obesity epidemic which is both real and constructed according to certain cultural stereotypes and social relations. Recently, the maara kai programme, which aims to establish community food gardens on marae or the consecrated land associated with meeting houses and other Maori facilities, has gained considerable attention as a state response to Maori health problems. The visibility and numeric significance of these gardens has been proclaimed as a new model for health provision within state-community partnerships. In this presentation, I will explore three other explanations for the apparent success of the maara kai programme within the Auckland urban area.

Download Additional Information: CoombesFlyer.pdf


Lecture & Reception: Jolene Rickard on "Global Aesthetics & Indigeneity"
November 30, 2011 | 6:00pm | Spencer Museum of Art auditorium | University of Kansas | Lawrence, KS

Jolene Rickard is director of Cornell University's American Indian Program and an associate professor in the Departments of History of Art and Visual Studies. She is an Art, Society for the Humanities/Global Aesthetics Fellow for 2010-2011, working on the thematic topic of global aesthetics. Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of indigeneity within a global context. She is currently a recipient of a Ford Foundation Research Grant and is conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia that will culminate in a new journal on indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book, Visualizing Sovereignty. A reception follows in the Central Court.

Sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art, the Indigenous Studies Program, and the Center for Global and International Studies.

Download Additional Information: RickardTalk.pdf

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