On Native Ground
The On Native Ground initiative aims to make visible Indigenous histories across the Americas, as well as work with local tribes to establish a strong network for Native communities and scholarship at VCU. The initiative includes the newly-inaugurated Land Acknowledgement working group, a guest lecture series spotlighting Indigenous scholars, and the Karenne Wood Writer/Artist residency program.
The HRC also proudly supports the annual Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival.
October 6, 2023
12:00 p.m.The speakers for this event are Brad Brown, Pamunkey Nation, and Director of Pocahontas Reframed, and Peter Kirkpatrick, PhD, Professor Emeritus, VCU.
November 9, 2023
4:00 p.m.The speaker for this event is David Wilkins, PhD, E. Claiborne Robins Distinguished Professor in Leadership Studies, University of Richmond.
November 16, 2023
The speaker for this event is Dr. Phoebe Farris, Professor Emerita, Purdue University, and photojournalist.
Karenne Wood Native Writer/Artist Residency Program
In November of 2021, The Humanities Research Center launched the Karenne Wood Native Writer/Artist Residency program. The program will allow an Indigenous writer or artist to spend time at VCU, connect with local tribes, give public talks and readings, and enrich VCU students’ learning experience.
This is a faculty-led group coordinating efforts between local Indigenous communities and VCU faculty, staff and students to produce a consultative land acknowledgment. The group understands land acknowledgment as a multidimensional process of respecting the past, present and future of Indigenous presence on this land. The goal of this group is to deepen our understanding of settler colonial history through learning about the region’s Indigenous past as well as its ongoing Indigenous presence. At present, universities across the United States—as key sites of cultural, social, and intellectual development—have started to accept the responsibility to acknowledge the ways in which a commitment to diversity and inclusion must include a reckoning with our historical and ongoing complicity in the violence and dispossessions of settler colonialism. The group will meet monthly to discuss proposed readings, meet Indigenous leaders in the community and draft recommendations for a land acknowledgment statement. Faculty, staff members and graduate students from all schools and colleges at VCU are welcome.
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Fractures of Memory: Indigenous Futurisms and Experiential Symbolism
The speakers for this event were Ethan Brown, Pamunkey artist and filmmaker; and Federico Cuatlacuatl, artist, filmmaker and assistant professor of studio art at UVA. The artists presented two of their films, "Tsenacommacah" and "First Landings."
The speaker for this virtual event was Kelsey Leonard, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo.
The speaker for this virtual event was Bethany Hughes, assistant professor in the Department of American Culture and a core faculty member in the Native American Studies Program at the University of Michigan.
The speaker for this event was Lionel Larré, president of Bordeaux Montaigne University, where he teaches American history with a focus on Native American history and on representations of Native Americans.
The Seed Keeper Reading & Discussion*
The speaker for this event was Diane Wilson, writer, speaker, educator, and author of "The Seed Keeper" (Milkweed, 2021).
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Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion [video]
The speaker for this virtual event was Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Ph.D., American historian, writer and activist, and a professor emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice (On Native Ground) Speaker Series.
Savage Conversations [video]
The speaker for this event was LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature at the University of Georgia. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.
Envisioning Afro-Indigenous Futures: Land Back, Reparations, and the Aftermath of Colonialism and White Supremacy [video]
The speaker for this virtual event was Kyle T. Mays, Ph.D., assistant professor of history at UCLA. This event is part of the HRC Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Speaker Series.