American Indian Studies

2016-17 Native American Speakers Series

The series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.

Admission to the series is free, and it is open to the public.

Dr. Susan PageProfessor Susan Page

March 28, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Museum of the Southeast American Indian

Professor Susan Page is an Aboriginal academic whose research focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ experience of learning and academic work in higher education and student learning in Indigenous Studies. Her current position is Professor in the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, where she is collaborating on a university wide Indigenous Graduate Attribute project. Early in her academic career, Susan was awarded a university Excellence in Teaching Award (University of Sydney). Susan’s current Australian Research Council funded research (with Professor Michelle Trudgett and Dr Neil Harrison) seeks to create a model of best practice for the supervision of Indigenous doctoral students. Other recent research includes, examining Indigenous student engagement in Australasian Universities, a project to explore student learning in undergraduate Indigenous Studies, investigating Education curricula inclusive of Darug knowledge traditions and examining the roles of Indigenous academics in Australian Universities. Susan is a Director of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (Aboriginal Corporation).

Complex Classrooms: culture, cognition and community in Indigenous Studies: In Australian universities Indigenous Studies is increasingly taught by Indigenous Australian faculty to largely non-Indigenous students from a variety of ethnic and social backgrounds. Teachers and learners find themselves in classrooms that can be likened to what Nakata calls the ‘cultural interface’ – the space of tension and negotiation where Indigenous and Western Knowledges meet. Weaving together threads from three research projects this presentation will illuminate the perspectives of faculty and students, bringing into sharper focus ideas familiar – but sometimes fleeting – to many Indigenous Studies academics. The presentation will also touch on the particular perspectives of Indigenous students. Finally two key concepts of the cultural interface, agential involvement and shaping the future, will be used to cast a fresh light on our shared experiences in culturally and cognitively complex classrooms.

This event is sponsored by PNC Bank, a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.. Other sponsors include the Department of American Indian Studies, Museum of the Southeast American Indian, the Southeast American Indian Studies Program and the Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, email, or call 910.521.6266.

If you need an accommodation to access the program and/or program materials, please contact Alesia Cummings at 910.521.6266 or no later than five business days prior to the program. However, a good faith effort will be made for any request made less than five days in advance.


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