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Dr. Ralph R. Watkins Lecture Series

April 29, 2016 2:00-3:30pm. - Alden Room, Milne Library
"The Doctrine of Discovery and US Culture of Conquest"

Professor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Kwame Fosu and President ObamaRoxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a tenant farmer and part-Indian mother. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than four decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. After receiving her PhD in history at the University of California at Los Angeles, she taught in the newly established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward, and helped found the Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies. Her 1977 book The Great Sioux Nation was the fundamental document at the first international conference on Indigenous peoples of the Americas, held at the United Nations’ headquarters in Geneva. Dunbar-Ortiz is the author or editor of seven other books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico. She lives in San Francisco

THE HEAD OF JOAQUIN MURRIETA a 30 minute film by John J. Valadez
John J. Valadez Feburary 24, 2016 7:00 - 9:00 PM IRC #4

Pedro DiPietroJohn is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker with two Emmy nominations and has written and directed over a dozen nationally broadcast documentary films for PBS and CNN during the past 18 years. Last year two of his films War and Peace, about Latinos in World War II, and Prejudice and Pride about the Chicano movement aired on the landmark PBS documentary series Latino Americans. John’s films have tackled such diverse subjects as the false imprisonment of a leader of the Black Panther Party; Latino gangs in Chicago; segregation in America’s schools; the history and impact of Latino civil rights on American society; and the genocide of Native Americans in the Southwest. They have garnered top prizes at film festivals from San Francisco to Mumbai, and have been featured at major museums and cultural institutions across the United States and Europe - places like MoMA, The National Gallery of Art, The George Pompidou Centre, Lincoln Center, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Phoenix Art Museum, The Berlin Film Festival and the Hirschhorn Museum. John has been a Rockefeller Fellow, twice been a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow and he recently completed a stint as Artist-in-Residence at Texas State University where he wrote a companion book to his Emmy nominated PBS documentary film The Longoria Affair about the birth of Latino civil rights . John studied documentary filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received a BFA in film and television.


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