2021-2022 Symposium

Campuses and Colonialism

A joint symposium co-sponsored by the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies at SMU and Emory University, co-organized by Stephen Kantrowitz (Wisconsin), Malinda Maynor Lowery (Emory), and Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (Buffalo)

The symposium and the resulting volume mark an opportunity to initiate a dialogue about universities and settler colonialism that centers contemporary Indigenous communities as long-standing stakeholders within universities, rather than objects of remembrance for scholars to study.

Participants include: 

  • Kevin Bruyneel (Babson College), “Settler Memory, the U.S. University, and the Urgency of a Critical Race and Indigenous Studies Pedagogy”
  • Wendy Cheng (Scripps College), “Benevolent Plunder: Collecting Native Culture at the Claremont Colleges”
  • Lisa Conathan and Christine DeLucia (Williams College), “Reckoning with the Roots at Williams College: Indigenous, Colonial, and Institutional Histories, Legacies, and Futures”
  • Maurice Crandall (Dartmouth College), “The Larger World of Indian Education at Dartmouth College, 1769–1970”
  • Andrew Denson (Western Carolina University), "Settler University in a Cherokee Place: Excavating Western Carolina University's Relationship with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians"
  • Andrew Jovilette (San Francisco State University), "History of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University"
  • Khalil A. Johnson, Jr. (Wesleyan), African American and Indigenous Education"
  • Heather Menefee (Northwestern University), "Student Organizing at Northwestern around John Evans"
  • Jean M. O’Brien (Minnesota), Wild rice research at University of Minnesota
  • Virginia Scharff (University of New Mexico), “Sites and Symbols: Conquest, Colonialism and Convergence on an Indian Country Campus”
  • Amanda Tachine (Arizona State University), “(Un)settled belonging: Indigenous Presence on College Campuses”
  • Michael Witgen (Michigan), "Michigan Statehood, University of Michigan and Indigenous Dispossession"

The symposium will occur in two stages. The scholars will first meet virtually in the fall of 2021to discuss their papers. They will then gather to workshop again at SMU’s campus in Taos, NM, in the spring of 2022. Each Clements Center symposium follows a similar model and each has resulted in a book published by a prominent academic press.