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Indigenous Matters Symposium

Symposium PosterIndigenous Matters:  A Symposium on Native American and Indigenous Studies in Texas

Friday, April 17, 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302), UT Austin campus 

Saturday, April 18, 8:15 AM – 2:00 PM

Al Kiva Room 104, Sanchez Building (SZB), College of Education, UT Austin campus 

The Program in Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at The University of Texas at Austin will host Indigenous Matters: A Symposium on Native American and Indigenous Studies in Texas on April 17-18, 2020. This Symposium is a major effort to bring together scholars and student leaders from higher education institutions from the state of Texas who are engaged in Native American and Indigenous Studies, particularly within The University of Texas System. Furthermore, this meeting will also include American Indian and/or Indigenous community leaders from Texas who will enrich our dialogues and create community connections that foster the public service dimension of our academic program in Austin and statewide.

In order to materialize this initiative, we have the generous support of The University of Texas System’s Office of Academic Affairs, and several schools, departments and centers at The University of Texas at Austin. The Symposium’s Planning Committee is composed by members of the faculty and student community from several academic institutions: The University of Texas at Arlington; The University of Texas at Austin; The University of Texas at El Paso; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and, The University of Texas at San Antonio.                            

The relevance of this initiative is grounded in the pressing need to acknowledge the Native American and Indigenous history and life of Texas that has been mostly invisible and marginalized in both the scholarly conversation and the public realm. Moreover, a broad, collective engagement in thinking and delving into the question of indigeneity in the history and life of the region will have a tremendously enriching impact. Through this symposium, we hope to expand the lens through which the scholarly community envisions the role of Native American and Indigenous studies in building diversity and equity in the higher education environment in Texas.

A key guiding objective will be to collectively envision a common ground for the possibilities and tasks for building Native American and Indigenous Studies across campuses, in engagement with the aspirations of Indigenous Peoples in Texas. 

Contact: nais@austin.utexas.edu