In an effort to spread the voices and visions of indigenous scholars the University of Arizona American Indian Studies Program will hold the 2012-2013 Vine Deloria Jr. Distinguished Indigenous Scholars Series. To celebrate the program’s 30th anniversary at the university this year’s theme is Unfinished Agendas: Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century.
A number of scholars have agreed to bring their expertise into the mix, the first will be Dr. Philip J. Deloria, the son of the late Vine Deloria Jr. who will speak on January 24 at 6 p.m. the University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography. Dr. Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan and the author of Playing Indian and Indians in Unexpected Places.
“With this year’s theme of Unfinished Agendas: Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century, our hope is to continue the voices and visions of our predecessors by honoring the life of Vine Deloria Jr., while illuminating the new and ongoing agendas facing Indigenous Peoples around the world,” said a press release from the university announcing the series.
Upcoming speakers include Dr. Oren Lyons, Dr. Suzan Harjo, and the University of Arizona’s own Dr. Thomas Holm. For more information visit AIS.Arizona.edu.
Gregory Hill is the new executive director of the Indian Legal Program.