Resilience and “The Indiana Way”: Using History to Understand Hoosiers’ Perspectives on Climate Change
Thursday, October 14, 4:30 p.m.
Climate change is global. But in a democratic society, the changes required to increase human resilience must always be—to one extent or another—local. This lecture will trace the historical roots of a set of social and political behaviors that Indiana historian James H. Madison once labeled, simply, the Indiana Way: in brief, a stubborn preference for incremental change over rapid reform, for personal action over communal regulation. Today’s Hoosiers, facing at last the environmental consequences of a two-century-long industrial revolution, do so shadowed by the cumulative impact of a distinctive conservatism and localism, prevalent since territorial days, that favors a social status quo at the cost of an environmental one. The lecture by Elizabeth Grennan Browning will consider the impact of that selective conservatism upon Indiana in our own time. Browning is a U.S. historian, focusing on environmental history, intellectual history, urban history and cultural history. She joined IU's Environmental Resilience Institute as the Midwestern/Indiana Community History Fellow after receiving her Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Davis. This event will be free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Themester 2021: Resilience, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
Coffee and Curators: Have You Heard of The Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Ethnohistory (GLOVE) Collection?
Thursday, November 11, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
The Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Ethnohistory (GLOVE) Collection is a one-of-a-kind assemblage of primary and secondary documents relating to the land use and occupancy of the Midwest region from point of contact to the 20th century. A team of researchers collected these documents in the 1950s and 1960s at Indiana University under the auspices of the Department of Justice as evidence in the Indian Claims Commission Cases. Join Kelsey Grimm, IUMAA Librarian and Archivist, as she presents the third of our “Coffee and Curators” series, discussing the history, use, and accessibility of this collection. This "Coffee and Curators" coffee break will feature a 10-minute curatorial talk and a 10-minute question and answer session. The event will be free and open to the public.
Repatriating Angel Mounds: An Archaeologist’s Perspective
Wednesday, November 17, Noon (Eastern)
April Sievert, Director of the Glenn Black Research Laboratory, will discuss repatriation in terms of what it does, did, and will do for IU and Indiana archaeology now and in the future. This online talk will present a background on how and why repatriation occurs, and an explanation of the sensitivity and respect that is critical for repatriation. Additionally, Sievert will present her perspective on the impact of repatriation on Midwestern archaeology, and a look at archaeology to come and the way working with tribes equitably is the way forward for Indigenous research and IU’s archaeological collections. The event will be hosted by IU Lifelong Learning. Please go to the Lifelong Learning site for more information.
Coffee and Curators: Repatriation--The Learning NAGPRA Project
Thursday, December 9, 3 p.m. (Eastern)
In the U.S., institutions must comply with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA), which provides a pathway to return Native American ancestral remains and belongings to their descendants. The Learning NAGPRA project is a multi-year project funded by the National Science Foundation to address a gap in how people learn about the law and handle repatriation. April Sievert, Director of IUMAA's Glenn Black Research Laboratory, will discuss how project participants, including Indigenous and non-Indigenous faculty and professionals from across the nation, collaborated to craft and assemble course content, resources, and research about NAGPRA and make it publicly accessible. The fourth of our Curators and Coffee series, the event will feature a 10-minute talk by Dr. Sievert, and a 10-minute question and answer session. The event will be free and open to the public.