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Refocusing on Indigenous History in Schools

Our featured presenters include NSU faculty Dr. Iain Anderson, Professor and Chair of History, and Dr. Farina King, Assistant Professor of History in the College of Liberal Arts; and Dr. Chris Clark, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Professional Practice at the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Iain Anderson works on research projects relating to the formation of transnational identities among Danish immigrants and the scholarship of teaching and learning history. Dr. Farina King’s main area of research is colonial and post-colonial Indigenous Studies, primarily Native American experiences of colonial and boarding school education. Dr. Chris Clark’s research integrates understandings from the fields of education research and political psychology in order to study how teachers and students think about politics, civic life, and media.

For this HawkTalks presentation, Drs. Iain Anderson, Chris Clark, and Farina King will highlight their work and development of the Indigenous History and Literacy Project (IHLP). This project brings professional development in social studies pedagogy to 4-12 grade educators interested in building active learning history lessons, improving reading comprehension, and developing resources that speak to the Native American identities of their students and region. It has expanded and delivered learning resources and workshops for teachers and students from across northeastern Oklahoma. The current project seeks to observe and assess how cooperating high school educators in Oklahoma teach IHLP lesson plans and evaluate the work produced by their students.

In following campus policies and precautions related to the COVID-19 virus, the Faculty Council HawkTalks presentation will be made available via Zoom only. Please consider joining us virtually for our first presentation on Wednesday afternoon, January 27, from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021


Pamela Louderback