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Indigenous Histories & Futures: Presentations & Conversation with Drs. Liza Black and Kent Blansett

Thu, May 20th, 2021
7:00 pm
- 8:30 pm

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This virtual event, “Indigenous Histories & Futures,” features two leading scholars in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) discussing their recently published books: Dr. Liza Black (Indiana University Bloomington), author of Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960; and Dr. Kent Blansett (University of Kansas), author of The Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement. Their scholarship centers the histories and ongoing legacies of Indigenous activism, organizing, representations, sovereignty, and social justice movements.  The event will include ample room for discussion with Williams College members about the present and future of Native American and Indigenous Studies, as well as opportunity for Q&A from attendees.

Professor Liza Black is a citizen of Cherokee Nation and teaches and writes on American Indian history. Her first book, Picturing Indians: Native Americans in Film, 1941-1960, looks at film as places of work and documents employment practices of both Natives and non-Natives playing Indians on screen. Her second book is a history of the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The tentative title of the book is How to Get Away With Murder, highlighting the lack of justice for the women and their families.

Professor Kent Blansett is a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Potawatomi descendant from the Blanket, Panther, and Smith families. He is the Langston Hughes Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies and History at the University of Kansas. Professor Blansett also serves as the founder and executive director for the American Indian Digital History Project.  His latest book, 18 years in the making, is the first biography to explore the dynamic life and times of Akwesasne Mohawk student leader Richard Oakes, who was a key figure in the 1969 takeover of Alcatraz Island by the organization Indians of All Tribes.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History; the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; American Studies; and the Davis Center.

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