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“Carlisle in Reverse": Returning to a Sustainable Future
In _Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants_, Robin Wall Kimmerer argues for the necessity of recuperating indigenous epistemologies in order to ensure a more sustainable and fulfilling human existence. A member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology at the State University of New York, Kimmerer seeks to counter state-sponsored attempts to erase indigenous culture, such as those typified by institutions like the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. Operating for nearly forty years in Pennsylvania, the Carlisle School engaged in the forced enrollment of indigenous children, subjecting them to an assimilationist curriculum under hazardous, and sometimes fatal, living conditions. Against this legacy of erasure, Kimmerer foregrounds the need for a counter education that would reverse the centuries-long effects of Western cultural hegemony. In this roundtable discussion, three panelists will suggest how such a reversal can be implemented and the possibilities and limitations of our, in Kimmerer’s words, “becoming indigenous.”

Featured Panelists:

Craig Santos Perez, Associate Professor of English, University of Hawaii at Mona

Abby Goode, Assistant Professor of English, Plymouth State University (NH)

Erik B. Foley, Director of the Center for the Business Sustainability and Instructor in Management and Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State

Feb 9, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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