D’Arcy McNickle Center Reaches Out to Faculty

Feb 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 15-3: English Only?, Tribal College News

Fifteen scholars from Native American studies programs and tribal colleges gathered this past summer at the Newberry Library in Chicago to participate in the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History’s Lannan Summer Institute in American Indian Studies. They engaged in probing discussions around the theme of “American Indian Political Activism Before World War II;” conducted research using Newberry Library collections; and developed curriculum materials, bibliographies, and syllabi to be used in teaching.

One participant commented, “Although I earned a Ph.D. from an interdisciplinary program, I don’t think my graduate study ever afforded conversations that were as richly multifaceted as those that I engaged in during this summer.”

“The institute began what I believe will be a long series of conversations among an ever-widening group of people about what American Indian Studies is, who it is responsible to, and how we can work across all sorts of boundaries and borders to achieve it,” said another.

Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, led the 2003 seminar. Noted Native scholars Jean O’Brien (Ojibwa) and Kathryn Shanley (Assiniboine/Nakota) led the 2001 and 2002 institutes.

Dr. Brian C. Hosmer, director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center, says, “The center aspires to forge closer working relationships with tribal colleges that will in turn contribute to curriculum and professional development, cultivate a community of scholars, and translate into positive tangible benefits for everyone involved.”

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