IAIA Hosts First Indigenous Intervention

Institute of American Indian Arts to host conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Institute of American Indian Arts to host conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

An International Conference on Progress and the Indigenous Experience      

SANTA FE – The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Indigenous Liberal Studies Program will host the first Indigenous Intervention, an international Indigenous conference on the concept of progress, March 13-15 at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque.

The Indigenous Intervention on Progress is an interdisciplinary conference exploring the idea of progress. The concept, as it applies to art, business, culture, economics, education, health, history, land, literature, music, philosophy, politics and social theory, has many applications. It also has many responses in the Indigenous world, including assimilation, economic development, educational reform, cultural change, artistic expression, evolution/devolution, language revitalization or preservation, and psychology, according to Stephen Wall (White Earth Reservation), conference organizer and chairman of IAIA’s Indigenous Liberal Studies Department.

“The idea is simply to bring people together to talk about ideas on issues that affect Indigenous people worldwide,” Wall said. “Both in our individual communities and worldwide the dominant society has had mass influence. It’s really important to create a forum to share information, create knowledge and learn from each other that there is a real need, in an international need, for intervention.”

Presenters include staff members, instructors and faculty from the Denver American Indian Commission, IAIA, University of Arizona, Sustainable Nations, Syracuse University, University of Coimbra, University of New Mexico, University of Saskatchewan, among others. IAIA will publish an online journal of papers from the conference.

Rose B SimpsonThe keynote speaker is emerging multimedia artist and IAIA alumna Rose B. Simpson, who embraces non-conventional artistic form. Daughter of clay sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and Patrick Simpson, a wood and metal contemporary artist, Rose Simpson blends ceramic, mixed-media sculpture, installation, drawing, aerosol painting, writing, music and performance to find the relationship between aesthetic expression and daily life.

One-day conference registration fees are available in addition to full, three-day registration. Conference organizers are also offering a special undergraduate rate to students for the entire conference for $50.

IAIA created the Indigenous Liberal Studies (ILS) Department in 2006 to provide students with a unique educational experience that includes academic course work, opportunities for meaningful experiential education and preparation for leadership or continued scholarship. The department, which offers associate’s and bachelor’s ILS degrees, operates on the philosophy of creating leaders who see beyond the present.

For more information about the conference, registration and to view a schedule, click here. For more information about the Institute’s Indigenous Liberal Studies Program, go to  www.iaia.edu/academics/degree-programs/indigenous-liberal-studies/.

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