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Cultural Politics of Nature Working Group Presents Film Screenings

The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: A Documentary Film Mini-series
February 17, 12 - 1.30 pm
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (60 min)
Haines 352
 About the film: Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

February 24, 7 - 9.30 pm 
Nuoc – 2030 (98 min) (Screening followed by a conversation with the Director, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ)
James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall
 About the film: Nuoc (2030) is a futuristic feature film by the critically acclaimed director of Buffalo Boy, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ. In a near-future Vietnam in which global warming and rising sea levels have forced agricultural cultivation to be conducted on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect in her husband's murder.
 Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Environmental Humanities at UCLA, UCLA Department of Geography, & the UCLA Geographers for Social and Environmental Justice (GSEJ)

March 2, 12 - 1.30 pm
There Once Was an Island (80 min) 
Haines 352
About the film: In this compelling and timely story three Pacific islanders must make the harrowing decision to either stay on their island home, or become some of the world's first environmental refugees. Two scientists visit the island and conduct field work with the community in an attempt to find ways of adapting to sea-level-rise. But when a terrifying flood destroys more than half of the islanders' homes the potential loss of their unique way of life becomes increasingly imminent. 

March 9, 12 - 1.30 pm
Sun Come Up (38 min) (followed by a discussion)
Haines 352
About the film: This Academy-Award nominated film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.
When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.

Screenings are free and open to all.

Organized and sponsored by the Cultural Politics of Nature Working Group (Jessica Cattelino, Isa Arriola, Bradley Cardozo, Courtney Cecale, Tanya Matthan)

Gendering Disposability Presented by Sherene H. Razack

UCLA Department of Gender Studies presents a talk for the Penny Kanner Endowed Chair

Sherene H. Razack
Professor and Associate Chair, Dept of Social Justice Education, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Gendering Disposability

Thursday, February 11th
Hacienda Room, Faculty Center
4 to 5:30pm
Reception to Follow

In 2011, 36 year old Cindy Gladue, a Cree woman, bled to death in a hotel bathtub in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada after having sex with Brad Barton, a trucker and a white man who had purchased her sexual services.  Barton was charged with murder and the Crown argued that the 11 centimetre wound visible in her vagina had been caused by a knife. In a bid to demonstrate its theory about the knife, and on the advice of the senior pathologist on the case, the Crown introduced as evidence Cindy Gladue’s vagina, apparently severed from the rest of her body, into the courtroom. Evoking as it did a history of both the sexualizing and dehumanizing of colonized women, the presence of Gladue’s vagina in the courtroom caused a public furor and it emphasized the gendered locus of the contemporary colonial relation: Indigenous women’s sex. In this presentation, I explore the intensity of sexual violence directed at Indigenous women such as Gladue, proposing that we understand this violence as colonial terror.

A Professor in the Department of Social Justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, SHERENE H. RAZACK is a noted postcolonial feminist scholar whose  books include Dying from Improvement: Inquests and Inquiries into Indigenous Deaths in Custody (2015), Looking White People in The Eye: Gender, Race, and Culture in Courtrooms and Classrooms (1998),  and Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims from Western Law and Politics (2008).

Lecture by Ananda Marin, 2/12, 11:30A - 1:00P, Moore Hall 3340

Ananda Marin
Friday, February 12, 2016 11:30a – 1:00p
Moore Hall 3340 (the Reading Room)

Ambulatory Turns: Ecologies of Attention, Mobility, Land, and Learning

Summary: In this presentation, I argue that conceptions of nature-culture relations (the dynamic interconnections between the
natural world and cultural forms of life) influence research methodologies and have far reaching implications for theories of human
development and how we design equitable learning environments. I share findings from research of a core cognitive domain of
human knowing: the natural world. Drawing on video-ethnographic data of parent-child nature walks, I outline the ways in which
Indigenous theories, decolonial sensibilities and relational epistemologies influenced my methodological approaches and led to a
unit of analysis, ambulatory sequences, that deeply engages place and embodiment in accounts of learning. As a unit of analysis,
ambulatory sequences, function as a “focusing device” for examining the arrangements that learners create with their bodies and in
relation to land for the purposes of organizing attention, observing and meaning-making. I suggest that ambulatory sequences, from
a conversation analytic point of view, can advance how we understand the emplaced organization of movement-in-interaction as a
mediating factor in the transformation of pedagogical activities. I conclude by discussing how this research contributes to sociocultural
accounts of learning, as well as, axiological innovations in research endeavors.

Presented by the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
Part of the Qualitative Methods Candidate Job Talks

Cornerstone Theater Company: Auditions

Auditions for our upcoming production of URBAN REZ
An original play by Larissa FastHorse,
created in collaboration with Native American communities
in Los Angeles and Southern California.

nothing to prepare!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 - 11:00a - 3:00p
SUNDAY, JANUARY 31 - 2:00p - 6:00p
Cornerstone Theater, 708 Traction Ave, Downtown Arts District

CALLBACKS: February 9th and 10th
Rehearsals at: Cornerstone Theater (February 23 through April 6th)
Performances (April 7 through May 1st )

QUESTIONS and INFORMATION: call Sage at (213) 613-1700 x135 or email: sclemenco@cornerstonetheater.org
more information: www.cornerstonetheater.org/urbanrez

Fellowship Opportunities at the John Carter Brown Library, 2016-2017

The John Carter Brown Library (JCB), an independently funded institution for advanced research on the campus of Brown University, will award approximately forty residential fellowships for the year July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The Library contains one of the world’s premier collections of primary materials related to the discovery, exploration, and settlement of the New World to 1825, including books, maps, newspapers, and other printed objects. JCB Fellowships are open to scholars and writers working on all aspects of the Americas in the early modern period.

Short-term Fellowships are for two to four months with a monthly stipend of $2,100. Open to US and foreign citizens who are engaged in pre- or post-doctoral or independent research. Graduate students must have passed their preliminary or general examinations at the time of application.

Long-Term Fellowships are for five to ten months with a monthly stipend of $4,200. These include two to four NEH Fellowships, for which an applicant must be a US citizen or have lived in the US for the three years preceding the application deadline, and other long-term JCB awards for which all nationalities are eligible. Graduate students are not eligible for long-term JCB Fellowships.

Recipients of all fellowships must relocate to Providence and be in continuous residence at the JCB for the full term of the award. Rooms are available for rent at Fiering House, the JCB’s Fellows’ residence, a beautifully restored 1869 house just four blocks from the Library.

The deadline for short- and long-term fellowships is December 1, 2015.

For more information - including information about Thematic and Cluster Fellowships - and application instructions, visit www.jcbl.org or e-mail jcb-fellowships@brown.edu.

Hopi film - & Free Curriculum Material

HOPI Songs of the Fourth World

A compelling study of the Hopi that captures their deep spirituality and reveals their integration of art and daily life.  Amidst beautiful images of Hopi land and life, a variety of Hopi - a farmer, a religious elder, grandmother, painter, potter and weaver speak about their choices between tradition and modernity while demonstrating the power of Hopi metaphors to structure, inspire and guide their actions. 

"A CLASSIC!  Great for both begining and advanced anthropology classes." Allan Darrah, Dept. of Anthropology, California State University Sacramento
"...BRILLIANTLY CONDENSED every major concern including a vivid portrait of women's role in all this...a delight." Dr. Marta Weigle, Anthropology, University of New Mexico
"An EXCELLENT account of Hopi life as it centers around the growth and symbolism of corn." Dr. Fred Eggan, (1906 - 1991) Anthropology, Univ. of Chicago
"It is a BEAUTIFUL FILM and it reaches deep into the essential life of the Hopi."  N. Scott Momaday, Native American author, "House Made of Dawn," and others
"...an EXCELLENT FILM... appropriate for any audience." Choice Magazine    

CLICK HERE to purchase a copy on DVD. 

CLICK HERE to download FREE CURRICULUM MATERIALS - a 32 page illustrated resource guide.
Recommended for viewing in:
American Indian Studies/Art
Women's Studies/Interdisciplinary Humanities
Environmental Studies/Comparative Religion
If your institution owns a VHS version of this title and would like a DVD version, you can receive a 30% discount on DVDs by using the discount code HPG9PT to activate this offer. 
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CLICK HERE  for digital streaming information.

Udall Foundation: Internship and Scholarship Program Opportunities

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce our 2015 internship and scholarship program opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. We request your assistance in identifying students who would be excellent candidates for our programs and encouraging them to apply.

The Native American Congressional Internship<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/AboutInternship.aspx> program is a fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with public officials and experience an insider’s view of the federal government. The Foundation provides airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend. The application deadline is January 31, 2015<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/ImportantDates.aspx>.  For an application and information about complimentary webinars, please see our “Apply<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/Apply.aspx>” page.

The Udall Scholarship<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/AboutScholarship.aspx> program awards $5,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment. Two- and four-year college students are encouraged to apply. Scholars participate in a five-day Orientation<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Orientation.aspx> in Tucson, AZ, to learn from and network with experts, their peers, and members of the Udall family. The award includes life-time membership in the Udall alumni community<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/AlumniNetwork.aspx>, a vibrant community offering job and internship opportunities, support for public service initiatives, and intellectual discussion. Applications must be submitted through a Udall faculty representative<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/HowToApply.aspx> at the student's college or university. The application deadline is March 4, 2015. A faculty representative directory and schedule of free webinars can be found on the “Apply<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Apply.aspx>” page.

The Udall Foundation honors Morris K. Udall’s thirty years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and Stewart L. Udall’s service as Secretary of the Interior. Both men worked tirelessly for the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. Since 1996, 110 tribes have been represented in the scholarship and internship programs.

We encourage you to visit our website at www.udall.gov and join our Facebook group Native Education @ Udall Foundation<https://www.facebook.com/groups/NativeEducationUdallFoundation/>. There, you’ll find our alumni profiles, tips for the applications, and more. We are eager to hear from interested students, faculty, staff and educational partners directly by email or phone. Thank you for your time and assistance. We look forward to working with you!

Harpo Foundation Accepting Application for Native American Artists Fellowships

New online database showcases tribal governance resources

A new database on tribal governance is now available http://phys.org/news/2012-10-online-database-showcases-tribal-resources.html. "The Indigenous Governance Database, recently launched by the UA's Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy, pulls together in one central location articles, case studies, videos and other resources focused on governance, sovereignty, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development."

Resource for High School Students: Paying for College (Scholarship Booklet)

This is a contribution, to provide scholarship information for Native students, to encourage and promote postsecondary education for Native students, to promote networking opportunities for Native Americans, and to raise awareness and appreciation for the contributions made by Native Americans to our society. I share this resource with the hope that you would also seek compassion about young people who need guidance and support toward finding the quality of life. You may duplicate and distribute this free booklet. ~Rosie Dayzie, email: rosie.dayzie@gmail.com

Lakota Language Education Action Program

Be Part of the Future of the Lakota Language 
  • Jobs available every year in many schools across South Dakota
  • Department of Education provides financial support to qualified students
  • For students who already have or are seeking a bachelor's degree, and want to teach Lakota
LLEAP Training Options at USD (see note):
  • Option 1: A Bachelor's of Liberal Studies in Teaching Lakota Language, leading to full teaching certification
  • Option 2: A Teaching Minor in Lakota Language, which can be added to a teaching major and full certification in another subject.
  • Option 3: A K-12 Lakota Languages Education Endorsement for teaching Lakota Language only as per South Dakota statute ARSD 24:15:06:29.

Note:  Currently under review by the South Dakota Board of Regents and Department of Education.

LLEAP South Dakota Contacts:

Extramural Funding Opportunities for Entering Students

Many of the fellowships provide multiple years of funding and are for students in their first year or two of graduate studies. After that, they are no longer eligible to apply. Thus the sooner students learn about these opportunities, the better their chances of preparing a strong application.

Hollywood Resource & Trainng center: Childhelp

Childhelp, a National Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse, has an opening for a Clinician in the Hollywood Office.

- Masters Desgree in Social Work, Behavioral Science, Social Work or a related field
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) Preferred
- Verifiable experience working with Native American communities and/or personal tribal affiliation
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Experience working with children with severe emotional issues and behavioral problems preferred
- Must have a clear State of California Driver's License and the ability to pass a 3-teir background clearance

For more information and to apply, go to www.childhelp.org
and click on "Employment" (bottom of home page).

Native Law and Policy Internship

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is seeking two or more graduate or undergraduate students to serve as research interns for our project on sex trafficking in Indian country. The intern will be using mainstream search engines to look up direct victim services providers in the 17 states with tribal coalitions working on sex trafficking issues. The hours are flexible and the research can be done remotely.

The internship provides a wonderful work experience opportunity for those considering a legal or policy oriented career in Indian country or for those interested in issues related to violence against women and sex trafficking. Depending on the hours and work contribution, the intern may be listed as a contributor or primary contributor on the final publication.

Please see our www.TribalCoalitions.org website for details on the project.

Interested? Contact Kori Cordero: Kori@tlpi.org


The Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California, is seeking to hire a part-time or full-time lecturer able to teach American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies and/or Latina/o Studies during the 2015-16 Academic Year. Possible hiring opportunities for the Spring 2016 semester include:

AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity
AMST 250 The African Diaspora
AMST 378 Introduction to Asian American History
AMST 449 Introduction to Asian American Literature

The department is interested in scholars from humanities or the social sciences whose work demonstrates an engagement with the fields of American and Ethnic Studies. The scholar should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field of study by the start of this appointment and should be able to demonstrate teaching excellence in the subject area.

To apply please send letter of interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation that speak to teaching abilities, and sample syllabi to: Nayan Shah, Chair, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Kaprielian Hall (KAP) 462, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2534, preferably by email to asehiring@dornsife.usc.edu.  Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are also required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser:http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/49045.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

Youth Education Guidance Counselor, Family Preservation Services Department

The position is with the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The Youth Education Guidance Counselor works with Native children from infant to 12th grade who reside in Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.torresmartinez.org/Departments/HR/JobBoard.aspx.

Under the direction of the Family Preservation Services Manager, provide technical assistance and information to students in a variety of academic and career related matters including scheduling options, course selection, graduation requirements, college applications, college entrance tests and scholarships; develop and organize programs to introduce students to careers and colleges. Successful candidate must have knowledge of methods, procedures and planning strategies pertaining to student careers and academics; Academic subject matter, program options and scheduling common to a K-12 educational organization. College admissions processes, requirements and application procedures: Principles and techniques of social work and the function of a social service agency. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment: Policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities; Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Record-keeping and report preparation techniques: Organizational registration, scheduling, proficiency and graduation requirements; must have ability to maintain client confidentiality: Perform clerical duties related to assigned activities. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including some public speaking. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Maintain records and prepare reports. Meet schedules and time lines. Work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and must always maintain cultural sensitivity.

This position requires driving in performance of duties and therefore requires possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the Tribe’s auto insurance policy throughout employment.

This position has duties and responsibilities that require regular contact with or control over Indian children and is therefore subject to the background investigative process to comply with PL 101-630.
Education and/or Experience Requirements: Any combination equivalent to: bachelor’s in psychology, sociology, education, or related field, and two years of increasingly responsible educational or social services experience.

AIR Project Director

The American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Project Director provides programmatic oversight, administrative direction, and management for the outreach project sponsored by the Student Initiated Outreach Committee (SIOC) and housed in the Student Initiated Outreach Center. The AIR Project Director has responsibilities for the short and long term development and day-to-day operations of the project in collaboration with the project's Sponsoring Student Organization, American Indian Student Association, and the Student Initiated Outreach Committee. The AIR Project Director is fiscally responsible for their project and must adhere to budget guidelines and restrictions. The AIR Project Director ensures that the project strives to provide educational support services that help and encourage youth in the Los Angeles community, specifically targeting the American Indian community, become eligible for a post-secondary education and provide community college students with services that cater to the needs of the distinctive population of transfer students.

Apply here: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65598 (Req#: 21912)

RAIN Project Director

The Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!) Project Director provides programmatic oversight, administrative direction, and management for the retention project sponsored by the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) and housed in the Student Retention Center. The RAIN! Project Director has responsibilities for the short and long term development and day-to-day operations of the project in collaboration with the project's Sponsoring Student Organization, the American Indian Student Association, and the Campus Retention Committee. The RAIN! Project Director is fiscally responsible for their project and keeps within funding guidelines and limitations.The RAIN! Project Director ensures that the project strives to assist UCLA students, specifically American Indian students, graduate by providing the following services: Peer Counseling, Mentorship, and a Wellness Program.

Apply here: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65594 (Req# 21908)

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