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EUS 309 –  Environmental Justice: Art, Science, and Radical Cartography

Taught by Professor Krista Caballero and Elias Dueker

We generally assume maps are objective, accurate representations of data and the world around us when, in fact, they depict the knowledge, experience, and values of the humans who draft them. As a hybrid EUS practicum + colloquium, this course will explore ways in which ecological issues are entangled with colonial histories of racism and supremacy, resource extraction and expansion through mapping. Native American scholarship will ground our exploration as we consider the impact and consequences of mapping as a tool used historically to claim ownership and invite exploitation. We will also investigate the evolution of radical cartography to counter these practices and imagine alternative mapping for more just ecological futures. A series of Indigenous scholars and activists will provide an opportunity for students to learn from experts working at the forefront of their fields to address environmental injustices locally, nationally, and internationally. These guest lectures will be paired with hands-on projects that explore mapping as a tool for environmental advocacy alongside artistic and counter-mapping approaches that experiment with ways we might communicate scientific and humanistic knowledge to a wider audience. In both theory and practice this team-taught course aims to reconsider and transform ways of engaging community science and community action through collaborative inquiry, interdisciplinary experimentation, and meaningful cross-cultural dialogue.

HIST 2356 – American Indian History

Taught by Professor Christian Crouch

Turtle Island, Dinétah, and Dawnland all speak to different perspectives on what we currently call the United States. How does our understanding of America change when we take seriously Roxane Dunbar-Ortiz’s invocation to put forward an “Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States?” This course offers an introduction to the turning points and events experienced and remembered by and among Native peoples, Africans/African Americans, and European settler colonists from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries. Special attention will be paid to connecting early modern history with contemporary controversies and issues facing Indigenous communities today. Through a focus on archival power dynamics and primary source work, students will learn the methods used by academics and activists working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to evaluate questions of Native American politics, including financial and land reparations, sovereignty, and cultural revitalization and repatriation.

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