Outside Events and Job Opportunities

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Every Last Trace: Bone Collecting and Salvage Anthropology

Samuel Redman
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Monday, March 13
Bunche 5288

On the Nez Perce Trail

February 5-April 2, 2017
Rainbow Lounge
Glorya Kaufman Hall
120 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

On the Nez Perce Trail
An exhibit of photographs by photographer/educator Wayne Olts from the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. This honors the Nez Perce's 1200 mile trek in 1877 form Oregon to Montana in their attempt to evade the US Army.

Alessandra Lorini, University of Florence - "The Many Journeys of Father Kino: From History to Memory in the Making of Modern Southwestern Public Culture"

March 2, 2017
4 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

Native Voices at the Autry's world premiere of Fairly Traceable

Native Voices at the Autry

Fairly Traceable World Premiere

Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee)
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)
Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott

March 10–26
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Wells Fargo Theater
$10 Autry Members / $25 Nonmembers / $15 Students, Seniors (60+), and Military (With ID)


Set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Fairly Traceable follows the journeys of a young Ponca man and a Chitimacha woman as they juggle personal and career ambitions with advocacy for the environment and the people they love. In this romantic dramedy, award-winning Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle reveals the culpability of corporate polluters and climate change deniers in environmental disasters. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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"Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider" at the Los Altos History Museum

The exhibit explores traditional California Indian food sources, their sophisticated system
of environmental knowledge and the importance of native foods in contemporary
California Indian communities.

Los Altos History Museum welcomes Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast Exhibition

Through April 16, 2017
Los Altos, CA — Filled with historic and contemporary photographs, baskets and other artifacts, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes, Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is a traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy. The exhibit, which opens at the Los Altos History Museum on January 12, 2017 and runs through April 16, 2017 features foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds, and salt.  This delicious look at Native foods is based on the Heyday Books publication Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley (2008), a delightful and sometimes startling compendium of Native American cuisine (the most authentic local food around).

Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah (www.gracehudsonmuseum.org), curated this exhibition in consultation with her aunt, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and a member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes. Smith-Ferri notes how much fun it was to put the exhibit together. "It brought back lots of good memories of getting together with the family to spend time at the coast harvesting abalone, mussels and seaweed, or going to pick berries. And of course, it brings back recollections of some great meals eaten together. I found I would get really hungry if I worked too long a stretch of time on the exhibit."

"Our foods were (and still are) as varied as the landscape, as are our methods of preparing them," states Kathleen Rose Smith. "We ate them raw. We roasted, boiled, baked, leached, steeped, dried, and stored them, and, after contact, we fried, and canned them."

The book and the exhibit contain harvesting instructions and recipes for many delicious foods, including Huckleberry Bread, Pine Nut Soup, Rose Hip or Elderberry Syrup, Peppernut Balls, and Ingeniously Roasted Barnacles.

Modern California Indians have retained much of the precious plant and animal knowledge of their ancestors, and are in a process of recovering even more. "Despite missionization, Mexican land grants, the Russian quest for sea otters, and American expansionism, we are still here," states Smith. "We knew (and still know) the land with an intimacy that results from countless interactions."

February 11, 10-12 pm at the Los Altos History Museum, free
Native Plants as Food
An introduction to safe plant foods gathered by Native Americans along the west coast. Learn about the uses and tastes of many local plants, grind acorns, and play a native stick game.

Exhibition Support: Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, the Mendocino County Office of Education, Exhibit Envoy, and the Sun House Guild.

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm.  Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

JOB: Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center - Applications Due Tuesday, January 31st

Please submit applications by Tuesday, January 31, 2017 to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02730


Director of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center

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The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) seeks a dynamic and respected scholar to provide intellectual research and programmatic leadership for AASC and invites applications for the position of Director of the Asian American Studies Center (AASC). Qualifications for success include an outstanding scholarly research and publication record; experience developing interdisciplinary research programs in Asian American and Pacific Island Studies; commitment to social justice; ability to administer budgetary and personnel processes; and proven effective experience in fundraising, including engaging in development activities as well as obtaining and managing extramural grants and/or contracts, gifts and donations, and endowment funds.
This scholar is expected to work effectively with AASC staff members, members of the AASC Faculty Advisory Committee, and campus leadership to develop internal priorities. This individual needs to maximize external visibility of AASC through building bridges between UCLA and Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, strengthening intercampus collaboration, in relation to research and community partnerships. This is a tenured faculty appointment in the appropriate department or school with the expectation at the full professor rank. Ph.D. or equivalent is required by date of hire.
Established in 1969, AASC is the nation’s leading research center in the field of Asian American Studies. Its mission is to promote research, critical thinking, education and community service within an academic framework, contributing to an understanding of the history, cultural heritage, and present social, socioeconomic and political position of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. AASC has core programs in research and publications; in library and archival collections; in international and national visiting scholar and fellowship programs, as well research grant programs; in scholarships, internships and academic prizes for undergraduate and graduate students; in joint university-community research projects; in policy making; in endowment and development efforts; and in public educational and outreach activities. AASC is seeking to build on its established partnerships, collaborations, and exchanges with numerous public and private institutions across the nation and around the world, and continue to play a critical role in developing Southern California’s infrastructure of educational programming, social service agencies, civil rights organizations, museums, historical societies, media and cultural groups, and business associations that serve and represent Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. For more information on the Center, please visit http://www.aasc.ucla.edu/

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited.
Applications should include:
1) a cover letter that includes statements on research, administrative and leadership experience, teaching, and commitment to diversity
2)  a curriculum vitae
3)  three names and contact information of references
Applications should be sent electronically to: https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02730.
Inquiries may be addressed to Professor Min Zhou, Search Committee Chair, at mzhou@soc.ucla.edu or (310) 825-3532, and Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, AASC Assistant Director, at melanyd@ucla.edu.
For full consideration, applications should be sent by Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Candidate review begins immediately, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and seeks candidates who are committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities and to a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.
The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission. Contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity should be given due recognition in the academic personnel process, and they should be evaluated and credited in the same way as other faculty achievements. These contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including efforts to advance equitable access to education, public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population, or research in a scholar’s area of expertise that highlights inequalities. Mentoring and advising of students or new faculty members, particularly from underrepresented and underserved populations, should be given due recognition in the teaching or service categories of the academic personnel process.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Research Excellence Award for UCLA Associate Professors 2017-2018 Academic Year

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women & Institute for American Cultures present the

Research Excellence Award for UCLA Associate Professors
2017-2018 Academic Year

The Center for the Study of Women and Institute for American Cultures announce a joint award: the Research Excellence Award for Associate Professors for the 2017-18 academic year. This Award consists of a monograph manuscript (or equivalent) workshop organized by CSW-IAC to promote continuing excellence in scholarship by UCLA professors at the associate level addressing questions important to the fields of critical race and postcolonial studies and/or gender, sexuality, and ethnic studies. 

Candidates for the award must be nominated by a fellow faculty member (does not have to be from UCLA) committed to co-organizing the workshop alongside the CSW-IAC selection committee and staff. 

Each workshop will feature a distinguished outside reader from the awardee’s field who will prepare detailed written reports in preparation for the workshop discussion. Also invited will be a select group of local colleagues and intellectual interlocutors who will also have had an opportunity to read the manuscript or portions thereof. These workshops will offer awardees an extended and detailed discussion of his or her manuscript and a pragmatic plan of action for revisions. 

The application requires the following materials:

1)     Two-page (single-spaced) abstract of the book manuscript, including a progress report on state of completion by the time of the workshop
2)     CV, with past service to or collaboration with IAC or CSW highlighted
3)     Letter of Nomination, noting three potential outside readers of the manuscript

Materials must be submitted through the Submittable application portal: https://uclacsw.submittable.com/submit/76456/research-excellence-award-for-associate-professors-2017-2018

Application may be submitted by nominator or nominee.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (by 11:59pm PT)

Review of the applications will begin on March 2, 2017.

Contact Kristina Nyden, Management Services Officer, at kristina@women.ucla.edu

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

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.

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