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"Carlisle in Reverse": Returning to a Sustainable Future

When Feb 09, 2022
from 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Zoom (registration required)
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This roundtable discussion is part of the slate events constituting the 2022 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Robin Wall Kimmerer's Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. See this page for more information about the Community Read. Register for this event here.

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. An indigenous Chamoru from Guam, Perez has co-edited five anthologies and authored five books of poetry and the monograph Navigating CHamoru Poetry: Indigeneity, Aesthetics, and Decolonization (University of Arizona Press, 2022). He is an affiliate faculty with the Center for Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program.
  • Abby Goode, Assistant Professor of English, Plymouth State University (NH). Goode teaches courses in American literature, critical theory, food studies, environmental humanities, and writing and sustainability. She is the author of Agrotopias: An American Literary History of Sustainability (forthcoming from The University of North Carolina Press, 2022).
  • Erik B. Foley, Director of the Center for the Business of Sustainability and Instructor in Management and Organization, Smeal College of Business, Penn State. Foley teaches, consults, speaks, and leads workshops on the role business can play in advancing social justice and environmental conservation. He serves on the Board of Directors of ClearWater Conservancy, the Network for Business Sustainability Centres Committee, and the Centre County Solid Waste Advisory Committee.

Moderator:

  • Joe Glinbizzi, Graduate Student in English and Visual Studies, Penn State