The American Indian Studies Program (AISP) at Michigan State University seeks to form an understanding of American Indian cultures and identities, the place of American Indian/Indigenous people in today’s world, and the changing demands of American Indian/Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of cross-cultural diversity.
AISP Affiliated faculty member, Rocio Quispe-Agnoli (center), receiving the XVIII TUMI-USA Award last Saturday, September 20th.
The Tumi USA Award honors those Peruvian immigrants in the USA with recognition, gratitude and admiration for excelling as professionals, and for exemplifying their merit, estimable trajectory and contribution toward society's collective development and welfare. This recognition is not only acknowledged in the cities in the U.S. where the prizewinners are from, but also in Peru, for addressing domestic needs of Peruvian societies.
This year, the XVIII edition of the Tumi USA Awards honored, among other entrepreneurs and professionals, Spanish Professor Rocío Quispe-Agnoli for her dedication to the study of Peruvian and Andean diverse societies, letters, writers, artists and issues of race and ethnicity throughout the centuries.Professor Quispe-Agnoli was especially praised for her teaching about the Incas before, during and after the conquest at Michigan State University—a course that also gave her the IAH teaching award in 2012—and her study of iconic Indian writers and artists.
The Tumi USA Awards are considered the "Hall of Fame of the Peruvian Community" within the United States. Other awardees that walked the red carpet along with Professor Quispe-Agnoli included renowned and creative gastronome, Gastón Acurio (world’s ambassador of Peruvian cuisine); emblematic singer-songwriter, Gian Marco Zignago (winner of Grammy awards in 2005, 2011 and 2012, and UNICEF Good Will Ambassador for Perú); and talented economist and former Prime Minister of Peru and Presidential candidate, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, as well as honorees from 12 states in the U.S. "Our commitment," said TUMI-USA Chairwoman, Gloria Rosebrough, "is to contribute to the recognition of entrepreneurs who build a prosperous and democratic America demonstrating our cultural contribution and strength, and the influence of Latin American immigrants.
Cristina Stanciu, Assistant Professor of English at VCU, is the recipient of the Monticello College Foundation Fellowship, a long-term fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago, for 2013-14. Dr. Stanciu is very excited to join the Newberry’s vibrant community of fellows and staff next year and to research in one of the strongest collections on American Indians in the world. The Newberry Library, an independent library in Chicago, holds special collections ranging from Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, the History of the Book, to American Indian and Indigenous Studies and American History and Culture. Dr. Stanciu will spend the spring 2014 semester in residence, working on her book manuscript, The Makings and Unmakings of Americans: Indians and Immigrants in American Literature and Culture, 1880-1924.
TITLE: Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
SUMMARY: The Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies leads a research center designed to promote research, scholarship, and teaching in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, with particular emphasis on areas relating to the collection of the Newberry Library. The position includes leadership of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). The Director of the McNickle Center reports to the Vice President for Research and Academic Programs.
Date Posted: October 1, 2013. Applications accepted through November 1, 2013.
Indigenous Graduate Student Collective Event
Thursday, November 19, 2013 at 6:30pm
MSU International Center, Room 303
Join us for an evening of respectful conversation as we break down stereotypes of Native Americans. The panel will be based on Dr. Anton Treuer’s book “Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians but Were Afraid to Ask”.
Our panelists will include:
Dr. John Norder,Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies Program Faculty
Dr. Malea Powell, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric & American Cultures and American Indian Studies Program Faculty
Alphonse Pitawanakwat, Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Comprehensive Studies Program
Bianica Yellowhair, second year graduate student in the College of Education's Student Affairs Administration program and Events Coordinator for the Indigenous Graduate Student Collective
Victoria Sweet, Indigenous Law Fellow, MSU College of Law Graduate
Phraustie Huse, Undergraduate Student at Lansing Community College
Please bring any questions that you have about Native Americans but have not had the opportunity to ask.
Sponsored by: MSU Fulbright Program and American Indian Studies Program
Thursday, November 21, 2013, 12:00 pm to 12:55 pm
MSU College of Law, 648 N. Shaw Lan
Individuals who are interested in legal career opportunities focusing on issues that affect indigenous peoples and tribes are invited to our "Lunch and Learn" presentation featuring remarks by faculty and staff members of the MSU Law Indigenous Law and Policy Center. There is no cost to attend and undergraduates at all levels of their education - freshmen through seniors - are welcome to attend. College graduates and graduate students are also welcome. A complimentary lunch will be served.
Please confirm your attendance by contacting the Admissions Office at email@example.com or 517.432.0222. Please RSVP on or before November 18 at 5:00 p.m.
Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 5pm
MSU RCAH Theater in the Synder-Phillips Building
Mr. Willis is the Native American Studies Director for Bay Mills Community College and one of the founding members of the Ojibwe drum group Bear Creek. He will be speaking about his work with the Ojibwe language and will perform a few of Bear Creek's most recent work.
If you have any questions please contact the American Indian Studies Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
March 27-29, 2014
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
MANY VOICES, ONE CENTER
Call for Proposals
DEADLINE: November 25, 2013
With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops. We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers.
Scheduled speakers include Eric Gansworth who just published a young adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here, and First Nations Manitoba writers Duncan Mercredi, Katherena Vermette, and Rosanna Deerchild whose work appears in Manitowapow.
Nominations/Applications for the Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies due January 15, 2014. See the website for details.
Queries can be directed to
Dr. Gwen Westerman
Assistant to the Director
PROPOSAL and REGISTRATION FORMS and more information can be found on the NALS web site: www.mnsu.edu/nativelit/
SYMPOSIUM HOUSING INFORMATION
The host facility for the symposium will be the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel www.mysticlake.com
Cost and registration information: Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot to the summer institute, which will have a maximum of eighteen participants. The selection process of each member institution’s NCAIS Summer Institute participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Housing will be provided for free at Canterbury Court Apartments and a maximum of $500 travel expenses will be reimbursed to all participants. Students will also receive $500 stipend. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison** by April 4, 2014.
The American Indian Studies Program is located on the fourth floor of Baker Hall in Room 414.
Fall 2013 Office Hours:
American Indian Studies Program
Michigan State University
414 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI
phone: (517) 432-2193