Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Native American History: Current and Future Directions

Dear Colleagues --Neal Salisbury, a path-breaking scholar, pithy commentator, generous mentor, valued friend, and dedicated teacher in our field for many years, recently retired from Smith College. The History Department at Smith has organized a symposium in his honor, to be held March 5-6, 2009 in Northampton, Massachusetts. If you have ever studied or collaborated with him, or simply benefited from his scholarship, please read down the bottom! -- Alice Nash

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Smith College, March 5-6, 2009

Thursday, March 5 - Neilson Library Browsing Room

9:30am: Official Welcome and Introductions


Chair: Prof. Kevin M. Sweeney, Professor of American Studies and History, Amherst College

  • 'State Recognition' and 'Termination' in Nineteenth-Century Indian New England / Jean M. O'Brien, Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota
  • 'The Good Citizenship Gun': Indian Activists and the Quest for U.S. Citizenship in Progressive Era America / Frederick E. Hoxie, Swanlund Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Indian Lake is the Scene You Should Make: Emma Camp Mead, Indian Doctor/Entrepreneur/Activist/Fashion Plate / Margaret Bruchac, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Connecticut at Storrs
  • 'A Large Circle of Influential Friends': Collaboration, Erasure and the Fieldwork of Frank G. Speck / Ann Marie Plane, Associate Professor of History, University of California at Santa Barbara

Comment: Alice Nash, Associate Professor of History, University of Massachusetts at Amherst


Chair: Ron Welburn, Professor of English and Native American Studies, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

  • Toward an Indian Abstract: Mary Sully (1896-1963) / Philip Deloria, Professor of History and Program in American Culture, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • Writing Dartmouth's Indian History at Dartmouth / Colin G. Calloway, Professor of History and Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College
  • American Indians and Museums: The Love/Hate Relationship at Thirty / Nancy Marie Mithlo, Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • A Mutt Like Me: On the Absolute Necessity of Intellectual Crossbreeds in the Production of Native History / Rayna Green, Chair, Division of Cultural History, and Director, American Indian Program, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Comment: Barry O'Connell, Professor of English, Amherst College


Place: Kahn Institute for the Humanities Seminar Room, 3rd floor Neilson Library

Convener: Alice Nash / NOTE: This is a mentoring session where undergraduates can talk about their own work and aspirations with this group of accomplished scholars. Please encourage your students to attend!

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3/5 Friday - Neilson Library Browsing Room


Chair: Frederick E. Hoxie

Discussants: Margaret Bruchac, Colin G. Calloway, Philip J. Deloria, Rayna Green, Nancy Marie Mithlo, Jean M. O'Brien, Ann Marie Plane

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For conference-related questions please contact Richard Lim at rlim333@comcast.net.

For local accommodations see http://www.smith.edu/about_visit_accom.php.

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SPECIAL NOTE: I am compiling a scrapbook to present to Neal. If you would like to contribute a letter, photographs, memorabilia, a copy of something you wrote that reflects his help or influence, etc. please send it asap to: Alice Nash, Department of History, 161 President's Drive, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 01003, email anash@history.umass.edu. If you prefer to make a video statement, post it on youtube, send me the link and I'll play it for him at some point during the symposium. Please forward this to anyone who might be interested. Thank you!!! -- Alice Nash

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