Past Events

2017

  • [Job Talk] Cultural Sovereignty and the Future of Tribal Self-Determination
    Thursday, March 23, 2017, 4 - 6 PM, 6275 Bunche Hall
    Presented by Dr. Rebecca Tsosie, Regents' Professor of Law; Special Advisor to the Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Arizona.
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • A Conference on Race, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism
    Thursday, March 9, 1:30 - 5:30 PM; Friday, March 10, 9:30 - 5:30 PM, Room 1327, UCLA School of Law
    At a time of heightened awareness of the enduring challenges of race in America, this conference will highlight transnational insights on the historiography of race that have emerged from the study of settler colonialism.
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Somos Piedras: Indigeneity, Feminicide, and Migration in Central American Art
    Wednesday, March 8, 3pm - 5pm, Founders' Room, UCLA James West Alumni Center
    Presented by Dr. Kency Cornejo, Assistant Professor, Modern/Contemporary Latin American Art, University of New Mexico.
    To date Central America holds among the highest feminicide rates in the world, exceeding those in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Simultaneously, the repression and murder of indigenous environmental leaders is on the rise. Meanwhile, a wave of migrant Central American women and unaccompanied children continue to head north in search of refuge. This lecture will analyze contemporary art of Central America to discuss the underlying structures that connect Indigenous genocide, gender-based violence, and forced displacement for Central Americans. Through performance, video art, and other artistic interventions, this lecture explores how artists expose the traumas of war, neoliberalism, displacement, and repression of the female and indigenous body while condemning nations' complacency, placing Central America in both an artistic and broader socio-political context.
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the UCLA Latin American Institute
  • [Job Talk] Black Belonging, Indigenous Sovereignty: The Intersections of Blackness and Indigeneity in Post-Rebellion Detriot
    Thursday, March 2, 2017, 4pm - 6pm, Cornell Hall Room D307, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Presented by Kyle T. Mays, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • [Job Talk] Against Possession Through Whiteness: Challenging Race and Settler Colonialism in Hawai'i
    Friday, February 24, 2017, 2pm - 4pm, Hacienda Room, UCLA Faculty Center
    Presented by Dr. Maile Arvin, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • [Job Talk] The Indigenous Other: Native Photography's Desires and Discontents
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 4pm - 6pm, Sierra Room, UCLA Faculty Center
    Presented by Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo, Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Arts, Occidental College and Chair, American Indian Studies, Autry Museum of the American West
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Damaging Minds and Bodies: Trauma, Violence, and the Criminal Justice System
    Friday, February 10, 10am - 4pm, Charles E. Young Research Library Conference Room and
    Saturday, February 11, 10am - 4pm, Dodd 147
    A two-day symposium addressing the destructive impact of the U.S. criminal justice system, including through policing, courts, jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities, on the physical and mental health on racially and economically vulnerable communities, people with disabilities, and families. A central theme and purpose of the event involves confronting contemporary criminal justice practices as, essentially, a public health crisis. Some specific areas for dialogue and learning include the degenerative health effects of prison and detention conditions, collective trauma and terror within communities of color stemming from police violence, justice system treatment of sexually vulnerable and gender-nonconforming people, deaths of incarcerated people with mental illness, the invisibility of indigenous people in contemporary dialogue about policing and incarceration, racial profiling, detention and persecution of Muslim, Arab and Middle Eastern people, and the relationships between healthcare and social service disparities and vulnerability to arrest and incarceration.
    Sponsored by Repair and Cosoponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, the UCLA Law Youth and Justice Clinic, the UCLA Disabilities Center, NASW, and NetCE
  • Pursuing the PhD?: Process of the PhD Path, Application Tips, and Choosing a Program
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 2:00pm - 1:15pm, Public Affairs Building, Room 4357
    A panel about doctoral programs from three UCLA professors, Dr. David Shorter (World Arts and Cultures), Dr. Shannon Speed (Gender Studies, Anthropology), and Dr. Ananda Marin (Education). Recommended for Undergrad and Graduate Students.
    Sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Taking Control: A Hawaiian Chief, Indigenous Worlds, and the Fringes of Empires
    Thursday, February 2, 2017, 3-5 PM, Gold Hall Room B313, UCLA Anderson School of Management
    A special lecture presented by Professor David Chang, Department of History at the University of Minnesota.
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

2016

  • IAC Fall Forum and Reception
    Thursday, December 1, 2016, 4:30-7 PM, California Room, UCLA Faculty Center
    Honoring the Visiting Scholars, Post-Doc, and Research Grant Awardees of 2016-17.
    Hosted by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures
    Sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center
  • 10th Annual LA SKINS Fest
    Friday, November 18, 2016, 8 PM, Barnsdall Gallery Art Theater
    Free Film Screening of FIRE SONG
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Standing Rock Teach-in
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 3:30-5:30 PM, Dickson Court North
    Join UCLA students, faculty, postdocs, and guests for #NoDAPL Day of Action by leading a teach-in on the Dakota Access Pipeline and resistance/water protection. Members of our UCLA community who have traveled to Standing Rock will share their knowledge and experiences.
    Hosted by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Caravan Against Repression in Mexico
    Monday, November 14, 2016, 12-2 PM, 144 Haines Hall
    Representatives of diverse sectors of Mexican society fighting against state repression and the US militarization of Mexico will appear to educate students and the public about the their cause.
    The Caravan brings together 2 mothers of the 43 disappeared students of Ayotzinapa; a student from the Rural Normal School of Ayotzinapa, Guerrero; agricultural workers of San Quintín; a representative and relative of a political prisoner from Committee of Victims from Nochixtlán, Oaxaca; a member of the Otomí community from Xochicuautla; and a mother from Return Our Daughters Home of Ciudad Júarez.
    Co-sponsors: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, and the Latin American Institute
  • Cherokee Nation History Course at UCLA
    Saturday-Sunday, November 5-6, 2016 & Saturday-Sunday, November 19-20, 2016, 9 AM - 6 PM, Haines Hall A25
    Join Cherokee Nation citizens in the Los Angeles area, students, and others in exploring a complex and fascinating tribal history. This course has been awarded by Harvard's "Honoring Nations" program for tribal initiatives that support the understanding and expansion of tribal sovereignty. Covering legal, governmental, social, and cultural aspects of the history, the Cherokee Nation History Course is a well-rounded view of this story as understood by Cherokees themselves.
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Beyond the Elections: Political Impacts on Communities of Color
    Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:30-8PM, 144 Haines Hall
    What can we learn from this election season and how can we use this knowledge to advance racial and political equity? Featuring a panel of UCLA scholars and researchers, this critical discussion will address local, state, and national discourse and referenda and their impact on communities of color. In addition to candidates for elected office, several propositions will be on the November ballot that may significantly affect underprivileged populations, including the poor, immigrant, and those imprisoned for non-violent crimes.
    Sponsored by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures; Organized by the Asian American Studies Center, the American Indian Studies Center, the Bunche Center for African American Studies, and the Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Solidarity with the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico in Resistance
    Monday, October 24, 2016, Conference Room 2 & 3, Student Activties Center
    A special presentation by Comandanta Nestora Salgado, ex-political prisoner and authority of the Regional Coordinator of Community Authorities Police-Community (CRAC-PC) of Guerrero.
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and UCLA Latin American Institute
  • 31st Annual California Indian Conference
    Thursday-Saturday, October 20-22, 2016, San Diego State University
    This conference brings together California Indians, educators, tribal scholars, academics, students, public agencies, organizations and institutions, and the general public.
    Co-sponsored by California State University Office of the Chancellor, SDSU President's Leadership Fund, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Procopio, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, SDSU Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, SDSU Department of American Indian Studies, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, University of San Diego—Office of the Tribal Liaison, SDSU College of Arts and Letters, SDSU College of Education, Barona Band of Mission Indians, SDSU Native American Scholars and Collaborators Project, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Native American Student Development, UC Berkeley, SDSU Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • 2016 World Indigenous Law Conference: Rights, Responsibilities, and Resilience: An International Discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence
    Wednesday-Saturday, October 19-22, 2016, The Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering
    The World Indigenous Law Conference is held every two years and will be hosted in October 2016 in North America for the first time. This Conference is an international forum aimed at gathering Indigenous lawyers, practitioners, academics and those interested in furthering their understanding of issues facing Indigenous Peoples. Key elements of this conference include an international discourse on Indigenous Peoples' Jurisprudence: examining legal frameworks and strategies for self-determined futures.
    Co-sponsor: UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • UCLA American Indian Welcome
    Monday, October 3, 2016, 5:00–7:00PM, UCLA Pauley Pavilion Clubhouse
    Students, alumni, community members, faculty, and staff are invited to the 2016 welcome celebration for the American Indian community at UCLA
    Co-sponsor: UCLA American Indian Studies Center, American Indian Student Association, UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, and Diversity Programs, UCLA Alumni Affairs
  • Sundaes on Tuesdays
    Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 11:30AM–1:30PM, UCLA LGBT Campus Resource Center, B36 SAC
    LGBT Center's second annual sundaes on Tuesdays
    Co-sponsor: UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • 6th Annual L.A. Skins Music Fest
    Saturday, July 23, 2016, 5–9PM, The Frog Spot, 2825 Benedict Street Los Angeles, CA 90039
    A Native American concert series that celebrates contemporary Native American musicians. (Free admission)
    Co-sponsor: UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • American Indian Graduation Celebration
    Friday, June 10, 2016, 4:30 – 7pm, De Neve Plaza View Room
    End of the year celebration for the graduates (graduate, undergraduate, and professional) of the American Indian Studies at UCLA.
    Host: UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, UCLA American Indian Student Association
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • 5th Annual American Indian Research Symposium
    Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 10am – 3pm, UCLA School of Law, Room 2248
    Join the Interdepartmental Program as they celebrate the research of the graduating class of 2016 – Master Theses, Undergraduate Major Capstones and other student research/internships.
    Host: UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Give a Name and Face to Political Prisoners Campaign 2016
    Friday, June 3, 2016, 3 – 5pm, Chicano Studies Research Center Library 144 Haines Hall
    This event is based on communities in resistance and criminalization. Presented by Nestora Salgado, Atziri Avila, Gloria Munez, Laura Carlsen, Gasper Rivera-Salgado
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Racialized State Violence in Global Perspective
    Wednesday – Thursday, May 25 – 26, 2016, Royce 306 & 314 and Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium of the Fowler Museum
    This conference brings together scholars who work on racialized police violence in North America with others who work in Brazil, Central America, the UK, the Caribbean, and elsewhere to consider the questions of pressing global importance including economic inequality, state power, racism and indigeneity.
    Host: UCLA Center for the Study of Women
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Alessandro Duranti, David Schaberg, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Institute on Inequality and Democracy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Robin D.G. Kelley, Eric Avila, UCLA African Studies Center, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, UCLA Department of Gender Studies, Disability Studies at UCLA, UCLA International Institute, and UCLA Postcolonial Theory and Literary Studies
  • Resolving Conflict & Loss: an Indigenous Path
    Thursday, May 12, 2016, 1:15 – 2:30pm, United Nations FF Building, Room 1528
    Presenters examined the situations of indigenous persons living in New Zealand, Samoa, and Ukrainian Crimea to demonstrate why and how structural forms of violence historically remained the core cause of interstate and international conflicts. Presented by Valmaine Toki, Lydia Moira Faitalia, Ulia Popova (Gosart)
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • Contemporary Indigenous and Native American Cultures in North and Central America
    Thursday, May 12, 2016, 9 - 12 PM, 6275 Bunche Hall
    A symposium on Contemporary Indigenous and Native American Cultures in North and Central America.
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center, American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program, Center for Mexican Studies, Institut d'ethnologie Méditerranéenne Européenne et Comparative,
  • The 31st Annual UCLA Pow Wow
    Saturday-Sunday, May 7-8, 2016, UCLA North Athletic Field
    The 31st annual pow wow, organized and presented by the UCLA American Indian Student Association, featuring traditional Native American singing and dancing, the Miss UCLA Pow Wow Pageant.
    Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • El Penacho de Moctezuma
    May 6, 2016, 2 - 4 PM, Royce Hall 314
    Documentary screening of "El Penacho de Moctezuma" with a Q&A with Dr. María Olvido Moreno Guzmán to follow.
    Co-sponsored by UCLA Getty, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Contemporary Mexican Featherwork: An Ancient Tradition
    May 4, 2016, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, 6275 Bunche Hall
    Dr. María Olvido Moreno Guzmán, Coordinator of "Project Prehispanic Mural Painting in Mexico," Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM, Mexico, discusses the history and evolution of Mexican featherwork.
    Co-sponsored by UCLA Getty, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Center for Mexican Studies, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • A Student Luncheon and Discussion with Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz
    April 26, 12-1 PM, 3343 Public Affairs
    A meet & greet with Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Senior Program Officer, American Indian College Fund
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
  • La Costumbre del Maíz con los Nahuas de Chicontepec, Veracruz
    April 20, 3-5 PM, 144 Haines Hall
    Presentation and lecture on the ceremonial planting of maize by Professor Eduardo De La Cruz. Eduardo De La Cruz is the Assistant Director of Instituto de Docencia e Investigación de Zacatecas (INDIEZ).
  • Simposio sobre académicos Indígenas
    April 19, 4-5:30 PM, Rolfe Hall 4302
    Dos Académicos Indígenas conversando sobre sus experiencias y metas en la enseñanza de Idiomas Indígenas a la Academia y Comunidad.
    Hosted by: UCLA Latin American Institute
    Co-sponsored by: Department of Spanish and Portuguese, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
  • Urgent Issues Forum/Foro Urgente: The Assassination of Berta Cáceres and the Future of Indigenous and Afrodescendant Environmental and Land Rights in Honduras
    Friday, April 8, 2016, 9 AM - 2 PM, Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Research Library
    This urgent forum explores the issues of resource extraction and state violence and their impact on the future of indigenous and environmental rights activism in Honduras.
    Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. Co-sponsored by the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Chicano Research Studies Center, UCLA Center of Study for Women, UCLA Latin American Institute, and Grassroots International.
  • Fantasizing and Reframing the (Un)Human: Lived Settler Logics and Literary Sites of Disruptive Relationality
    Wednesday, April 6, 2016, 4-6 PM, 2125 Rolfe Hall.
    Lecture by Dr. Rene Dietrich, seeked to investigate the lived settler logics of "humanness" and to ask how literary strategies of relationality in contemporary Native writing work to disrupt them.
  • Trying Times: Disability, Activism and Education in Samoa
    Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 3-5 PM, 2343 Public Affairs
    Lecture by Dr. Juliann Anesi.
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, REPAIR AND NetCE.
  • Biopolitics, Aging and the Struggle for Indigenous Elsewhere
    Thursday, February 18, 2016, 2-4 PM, Cypress Room, UCLA Faculty Center
    Lecture by Professor Sandy Grande.
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, REPAIR AND NetCE.
  • The Next Frontier in Federal Indian Law: Building on the Foundational Work of Carole E. Goldberg, UCLA School of Law
    Friday, February 5, 2016, UCLA Law School
    This year's Symposium will focus on cutting edge issues in federal Indian law and, in so doing, celebrate the 40+ year career of Jonathon D. Varat Professor of Law Carole E. Goldberg. Federal Indian law, broadly defined, governs the relationship between the federal government and the more than 566 Indian nations within the United States, as well as implicating states’ rights and raising questions that bear on tribal law and issues of self-determination.
    Hosted by the UCLA Law Review
    Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and UCLA Critical Race Studies

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