Sa 4/7 * Indigenous Methodologies and Ways of Knowing in Public Health

Panelist: Dr. Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH
April 7, 2021, 6pm EST
Sponsored by the Native American and Indigenous Student Initiative and Rollins School of Public Health

Indigenous Peoples are resilient peoples with deep traditional knowledges and scientific thought spanning millennia. Yet in the spirit of scientific hegemony that has pervaded most branches of Western science and practice, the democracy of knowledge has not prevailed. Epistemological pluralism is a complex term that recognizes and appreciates that in any given research or practice context, there may be several valuable ‘ways of knowing’, and that accommodating this plurality can lead to more successful integrated study and practice. In this presentation, Indigenous methodologies and ‘ways of knowing’ will be discussed through the lens of public health practice and health equity broadly.
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T 3/30 * Freedmen Claims in Relation to McGirt vs. Oklahoma

March 30, 2021, 4 pm EST via Zoom
Panelists: Marilyn Vann, Eli Grayson, and John Parris
Facilitator: Craig Womack
Sponsored by the Hightower Fund and Carlos Museum

The historic Supreme Court decision in the summer of 2020, when the court ruled that much of Eastern Oklahoma comes under the Major Crimes Act and still retains Native reservation status, relied heavily on the significance of the 1866 Treaty which grants Creek Freedmen full citizenship status in the Creek Nation. This panel will discuss the significance of the court’s ruling in relationship to Freedmen activists and community members seeking restoration of their tribal citizenship.
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Sa 3/20 * US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Muscogee)

March 20, 2021, 4-5pm EST
Current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, the first Native American poet laureate, will read her work at an event hosted by Emory’s Rose Library.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library Reading Series
Zoom Event is free. Advance registration required. Link

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned musician and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She became the 23rd poet laureate of the United States in 2019. She was recently appointed by the Library of Congress to a rare third term, to begin in September 2021.

This extraordinary event is all the more remarkable and celebrated by our entire community, as we are welcoming Harjo to historical Muscogee land, which Emory University and the city of Atlanta are located on.  (Land Acknowledgement and History Statement}

Harjo is the author of nine books of poetry, among them “An American Sunrise,” “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings,” “How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems,” and “She Had Some Horses,” and the editor of two anthologies, including the recently released “Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry.” Harjo’s first memoir, “Crazy Brave,” won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Nonfiction and the American Book Award; she is working on a follow-up memoir.

She is the recipient of the Ruth Lilly Prize for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets for proven mastery in the art of poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the United States Artist Fellowship. She was inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame in 2014.

Harjo’s visit is hosted by the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library and sponsored by the Hightower Fund, with support from the Emory Libraries, Emory College of Arts and Sciences, and the Creative Writing Program at Emory University.