IAIA to host conference on Indigenous intervention

Feb 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive
By Kim Baca

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA, Santa Fe, NM) will host the first Indigenous Intervention, an international conference on the concept of progress, March 13-15 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Indigenous Intervention on Progress is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of progress as it applies to art, business, culture, economics, education, health, history, land, literature, music, philosophy, politics and social theory. Conference participants will also explore how Indigenous people have responded to progress by examining assimilation, economic development, educational reform, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language revitalization or preservation, and psychology, stated Stephen Wall (Ojibwe), conference organizer and chairman of IAIA’s Indigenous Liberal Studies Department. “The idea is simply to bring people together to talk about ideas on issues that affect Indigenous people worldwide,” Wall said. “Both in our individual communities and worldwide the dominant society has had mass influence. It’s really important to create a forum to share information, create knowledge and learn from each other that there is a real need, an international need, for intervention.”

Presenters include staff members, instructors and faculty from the Denver American Indian Commission, IAIA, University of Arizona, Sustainable Nations, Syracuse University, University of Coimbra, University of New Mexico, and University of Saskatchewan, among others. IAIA will publish an online journal of papers from the conference.

The keynote speaker is emerging multimedia artist and IAIA alumna Rose B. Simpson, who embraces non-conventional artistic form. Daughter of clay sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and Patrick Simpson, a wood and metal contemporary artist, Rose blends ceramic, mixed-media sculpture, installation, drawing, aerosol painting, writing, music and performance to find the relationship between aesthetic expression and daily life.

One-day conference registration fees are available in addition to full, three-day registration. Conference organizers are also offering a special undergraduate rate to students for the entire conference for $50. For more information, visit: http://www.iaia.edu/academics/degree-programs/indigenous-liberal-studies/indigenous-intervention-progress-conference/

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