The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU and the YWCA Cass Clay have announced Kim TallBear will be the Learning the Language of Diversity and Meaningful Inclusion program’s February speaker.
TallBear is an associate professor of Native studies at the University of Alberta, and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples, Technoscience and Environment.
She is scheduled to present “Indigenization, Reconciliation and Decolonization in Science” on Monday, Feb. 22, at noon Central Time via Zoom. A moderated conversation and audience questions will follow her talk.
In her talk, TallBear will focus on colonial assumptions and practices, and resistance to those ideas in several research case studies drawn from the genome and health sciences and from green building. She also highlights a program that helps train Indigenous genome scientists in order to increase the benefit of genome research for Indigenous peoples. TallBear will provide an analytical framework to understand the relationships between inclusion, Indigenization, reconciliation and decolonization, to envision possibilities and concrete steps for science and technology to aid decolonization.
TallBear is the author of “Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science.” She founded a research group at the University of Alberta, Indigenous Science, Technology, and Society, and she is a co-founder of the Summer internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics Canada and a faculty member of SING USA.
She is a regular commentator in U.S., Canadian and British media outlets on issues related to Indigenous peoples, science, technology and environment. She is a regular panelist on the Canadian-based weekly podcast, “Media Indigena.” She is a citizen of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate and is also descended from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma.
The event is provided free of charge by the Northern Plains Ethics Institute; NDSU Office of the President; the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; the YWCA Cass Clay; Humanities ND’ and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.
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