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COLL 300: Sarah Deer: Activist, scholar, teacher

Sarah Deer: Native American Activist, Scholar, Teacher
Sarah Deer: Native American Activist, Scholar, Teacher

As Sarah Deer argues in her book, The Beginning and the End of Rape, rape did not exist in Native communities before European/Euroamerican colonization. In the most basic terms, her work is relevant to anyone who resides on lands that have been colonized and settled. To put it simply, are all touched by the subjects of her work.

But more specifically, colonization, sexual violence, alternatives to incarceration based on Native/Indigenous lifeways, historical and present trauma - these are just some of the topics Professor Deer will discuss during her visit. Our colleagues in the law school, GSWS, history, anthropology, English, American studies, linguistics, political science, and sociology may well be invested in her approaches to sovereignty, which reach beyond the boundaries of law and policy and focus on issues of the body, gender, sexuality, culture. Students and faculty who are invested in issues of social justice, especially given the national mobilizations by Black Lives Matter and Native Lives Matter, will be interested in Professor Deer's hands-on experience developing support systems and healing practices that are grounded in tribal customs and lifeways. She is committed to forms of healing for all members of Native communities, including victims, survivors, and perpetrators.

Public Event
Theme for Fall 2017: IN / EXclusion

The processes of inclusion and exclusion involve both human and natural forms of curation. Who or what gains full or partial participation, or none? At the human level, consider excommunication and ecumenicalisms, outcasts and elites, the intellectual and creative margins and accepted canons. In the physical world, a foreign body enclosed in a mass, an inert or incendiary combination of elements. In architectural design, theories and policies of walls.