Australian Scholars Visit Salish Kootenai

Aug 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 13-1: Honoring Our Students & Alumni, Tribal College News

In May, Salish Kootenai College hosted two educators from Australia. Dr. Ed Spence is a Greek philosopher, actor, and activist. He teaches ethics and uses Greek drama to build bridges between his home university and the public, and he discussed the Philosophy of Happiness. Dr. Jane Selby directs a center for the empowerment of indigenous women at Charles Sturt University where she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate psychology. Selby presented a program on empowering indigenous women.

In the evening both presenters were featured in a community program held at SKC, “School and Community Reconciliation: A cross-cultural conversation.” The panelists discussed the intergenerational impacts of the boarding school era in the United States and Australia, especially as they now affect school-community relations.

Panelists included members of the education community on the Flathead reservation: Julie Cajune, Indian education coordinator for Ronan Schools; Joyce Silverthorne, director of the tribal education department; Joyce Decker-Wegner, Lake County superintendent of schools; and John Matt, superintendent of Saint Ignatius School. The University of Montana Applied Ethics Center and Salish Kootenai College shared both guests.

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