LSA Understanding Race Theme Semester Kick-Off!
Identities in Black, Red and White: A Roundtable Discussion will celebrate the opening of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas. This public program will address mixed-race identities from autobiographical and storytelling perspectives and within the context of social and cultural analysis. The roundtable panelists express a mixed native identity of some kind — whether that connection is via family ties and/or cultural ties:
- Dr. Tiya Miles, U-M professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and Native American Studies—Moderator
- Dr. Adesola Akinleye, dance scholar and founder of Dancing Strong
- Elizabeth Atkins, U-M alumna and Detroit-based best-selling novelist and journalist
- Dr. Robert Keith Collins, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at San Francisco State University
- Dr. Philip J. Deloria, U-M professor of History, American Culture, and Native American Studies
A reception and exhibit viewing will follow the discussion.
Support for the IndiVisible exhibit and opening event was provided by the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science, and the Arts; Museum of Natural History; Department of Afroamerican and African Studies; Native American Studies Program; Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach; ArtsEngine; and Department of English. The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of these public programs.