About the Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies

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The American Indian Center sponsors an annual lecture in November in honor of Michael D. Green, professor emeritus of American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Dr. Green was a distinguished historian of American Indians, and a founder of the American Indian Studies program in the American Studies Department on campus.  This lecture series recognizes his life and achievements by inviting a leading scholar in the field of American Indian Studies to give a public lecture.




 2016 Featured Speaker – Dr. Nancy Shoemaker

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

3:00pm – Lecture: “Internationalizing American Indian Studies”

4:00pm – Reception

Location: Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library (For parking information, click here.)

The UNC American Indian Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Nancy Shoemaker will serve as the guest lecturer for the 8th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies. We are fortunate to have Dr. Shoemaker deliver this important lecture and to kick off American Indian Heritage Month.

Cosponsors: American Indian Center and American Indian & Indigenous Studies

Dr. Nancy Shoemaker is a professor of history at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. She is the author and editor of several books in Native American history, covering a wide range of topics. Early interests in demographic, family, and women’s history led to her first book, American Indian Population Recovery in the Twentieth Century (1999), and an edited collection of original essays called Negotiators of Change: Historical Perspectives on Native American Women (1995). Her second book, A Strange Likeness: Becoming Red and White in Eighteenth-Century North America (2004), analyzed the language of council diplomacy to compare Cherokee, Iroquois, and other eastern Indian perceptions of race, land, writing, alliances, and political authority with European colonists’ perspectives. Subsequently, she looked nearby to New England Indian maritime history, publishing Living with Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History with the University of Massachusetts Press in 2014 and Native American Whalemen and the World: Indigenous Encounters and the Contingency of Race with the University of North Carolina Press in 2015. Following Native American whalemen around the world in the nineteenth century piqued her interest in the history of the U.S. in a global context and in the Pacific in particular. This larger framing focused on the interconnections and commonalities in North American and Pacific histories is evident in her recent essay “A Typology of Colonialism,” which appeared in the American Historical Association’s magazine, Perspectives on History. She is now finishing up a book on Americans in nineteenth-century Fiji.


2015 Featured Speaker – Professor Raymond Fogelson, Exploring Cherokee Metaphysics of Death and Life

2014 Featured Speaker – Robbie Etheridge, Ph.D.  When Giants Walked the Earth: Chief Tascaluza and Southeastern Indian Leadership in the Ancient South

2013 Featured Speaker – Daniel Justice, Ph.D.  Downriver, Up-Mountain, Across the Border: Placing Critical Indigenous Studies at Home and Abroad  

Dr. Justice provided an enlightening talk and we thank the students, Dr. Justice, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Faculty as well as the Chapel Hill community for making this event a huge success.  To read more, see the article in The Herald Sun.

2012 Featured Speaker – K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Ph.D.  The Mutuality of Citizenship and Sovereignty:  How the U.S. Constructs the Status of Indians to Validate Settler Colonial “Entitlements” to Land and Identity

2011 Featured Speaker – Daniel H. Usner, Jr., Ph.D.  From Bayou Teche to Fifth Avenue: How Chitimacha Indian Baskets Began Moving Across America

2010 Featured Speaker – Jean M. O’Brien, Ph.D.  Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians Out of Existence in New England

Inaugural Featured Speaker  –  N. Bruce Duthu, Ph.D.  Tribal Sovereignty and the Limits of Legal Pluralism in the U.S.