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December 1, 2015

5th Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture Series, Featuring Dr. Natalia Molina

Molina picFebruary 19th 2016, 12pm at the Jaqua 101 Harrington Auditorium

Dr. Natalia Molina is an Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Diversity and Equity and a Professor of History and Urban Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Her scholarship addresses US History, Latina/o History, Public Health, Immigration History, Racial and Ethnic Studies and Urban Studies. Her award-winning book, Fit to be Citizens? Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939, demonstrates how science and public health have shaped concepts of race in the early twentieth century. Her newest book, How Race Is Made in America: Immigration, Citizenship, and the Historical Power of Racial Scripts (University of California Press, 2014) is the recipient of the Glasscock Humanities Book Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. The book examines Mexican Americans from 1924, when American law drastically reduced immigration into the United States, to 1965, when many quotas were abolished. The book strives to understand how broad themes of race and citizenship are constructed and calls attention to the connections between racialized groups.

Dr. Molina has been the recipient of nationally competitive awards including from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and Mellon Foundation. She sits on several boards, including California Humanities, the state level partner to the National Endowment of the Humanities, and is a speaker for the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program.

October 6, 2015

“We Are Not Red Indians” (We Might all be Red Indians): The Gender of Anticolonial Sovereignty Across the Borders of Time, Place and Sentiment, a lecture by Dr. Audra Simpson (Kahnawake Mohawk) Nov 17, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

SimpsonKnight Library Browsing Room

Abstract: In a 2004 interview Yasser Arafat, in a state of near confinement and exhaustion, reflected upon his incapacity to move without the immediate threat of assassination, about the Palestinian right of return, about American elections, and his achievements. Among these achievements was the fact that “the Palestine case was the biggest problem in the world” and that Israel had “failed to wipe us out.” As a final mark of that success, he added the declarative and comparative and final point of distinction, “we are not red Indians.” This paper uses this point of comparison of a departure point to reflect upon the deep specificity and global illegibility of Indigenous struggle and life in the face of death and dispossession in North America. In order to do so I will choose a series of historical assemblages — of sociality, treaty-making, militarized pushbacks upon encroachment, spatial confinement (“reservationization”), and pushback for land, for life and for dignity within occupation to amend Arafat’s statement and reimagine “success.” I argue that these assemblages are themselves a structure of political life that stand alongside and push against a “logic of elimination” – a logic that authorizes the removal, the attacking and “assimilating” of indigenous peoples for land. I consider these tangled processes in order to renarrate the seemingly negligible political and corporeal life of Indigenous sovereignty within dispossession and settler occupation. This is an occupation that naturalizes itself through law and narrates itself as new, as beneficent and democratic atop the lands and lives of Indigenous peoples who persist, with sovereignties intact, in spite of this grinding historical and political process of settler colonialism. In order to put this point of comparison, and sentiment of Arafat’s achievement in relief the paper examines how is it that the very techniques of force, of pushback, of sociality and outright resistance receive the writ of dismissal within a global and comparative frame of resistance and (political life). At the end of the paper it is asked how these processes may be re-narrated and comprehended in a global, comparative frame of not only analysis, but struggles for justice.

Audra Simpson is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press, 2014), winner of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association’s Best First Book in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize, the Laura Romero Prize from the American Studies Association as well as the Sharon Stephens Prize from the American Ethnological Society (2015). She is co-editor (with Andrea Smith) of Theorizing Native Studies (Duke University Press, 2014). She has articles in Cultural Anthropology, American Quarterly, Junctures, Law and Contemporary Problems and Wicazo Sa Review. In 2010 she won Columbia University’s School for General Studies “Excellence in Teaching Award.” She is a Kahnawake Mohawk.

**This event is free and open to the public.**

February 6, 2015

UO School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic’s 15th Anniversary Keynote Address

UO School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic’s 15th Anniversary Keynote Address given this year by Muskogee/Creek legal scholars Sarah Deer. Dr. Deer was instrumental in the recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act with provisions empower tribal governments/courts to prosecute offenses/offenders on tribal lands.

Sarah Deere

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