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Wildcat Lectures on Environment, Culture

Daniel Wildcat, dean of the College of Natural and Social Sciences at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, will lead a guest lecture and discussion, “Enacting Indigenuity in an Age of Global Environmental Crisis,” at the Colleges on Thursday, March 27. Wildcat is one of the Melvin Hill Visiting Professors who will be on campus this semester. 

Wildcat’s talk will begin at 8 p.m. in Albright Auditorium and will focus on perspectives from his work, which has included forming a vital cultural project for policy change on environmental issues: the Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group. This group consists of individuals and organizations from tribal colleges and advocates for education and research on climate change.

Prior to his lecture on campus, he will be interviewed on “Connections with Evan Dawson” on WXXI on Tuesday, March 25, from noon to 1 p.m.  The show can be in the archive online.

While at HWS, Wildcat will be visiting a number of classes from March 24 to 28, including Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Joel Helfrich’s ENV 337, “American Indian Environmentalism,” on Tuesday, March 25. Wildcat also will lead a Cultural Diversity Workshop for HWS faculty and staff on Friday, March 28. To register, send an email to marullo@hws.edu by March 21.

A Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation, Wildcat has taught American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations for 25 years and completed a Visiting Professorship at Dartmouth College in the fall of 2013. He is also the author of several books, including “Power and Place: Indian Education In America,” (2001) with Vine Deloria, Jr. and most recently “Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge” (2009).

Wildcat has been honored with the Heart Peace Award by the Kansas City organization, The Future is Now. His career in education has also been featured by Indian Country Today, a media network stationed in New York City.

Wildcat’s studies and contributions focus on the intersection between indigenous culture and the environment. His works cover the role of cultural aspects of society, such as storytelling traditions and community spiritual practices in shaping human values that ultimately dictate course of action.

“What the world needs is a good dose of Indigenous realism,” Wildcat writes in his book, “Red Alert!”

Wildcat’s visit to HWS is sponsored by the departments of environmental studies, social justice studies and anthropology, as well as the Race and Racism Coalition. It is made possible with support of the Office of the Provost, Finger Lakes Institute, Division of Student Affairs and Intercultural Affairs.

Named for Melvin Hill, a greatly respected English Professor at the Colleges, the Visiting Professorship was started in 1973 to foster the exchange of ideas on campus with scholars and teachers from other institutions. The initial purpose was to expose students and faculty members to a vareity of viewpoints within the humanities; to share research, methodologies, and ideas across the campus; and to interact with recognized scholars in the field.

The HWS Race and Racism Coalition recently hosted Tim Wise, an American anti-racism activist and author. Wise’s recent HWS lecture can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=basLaLza-vA&feature=youtu.be.

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