“Homelands: Teaching and Learning on Native Ground”: October 17

Professor Oberg will host this round table discussion as part of SUNY Geneseo’s Cultural Harmony Week 2016. The panel will focus on the responsibilites and obligations that colleges and univerities have to Native American history and to contemporary Native communities.

Participants will include Kevin White, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Native American Studies at SUNY Oswego; Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo; and Theresa McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at the University of Buffalo. 


Kevin White was born and raised in the Rochester/Geneseo area and is a citizen of the Akwesasne Mohawk nation. He received a BA in Philosophy from SUNY Brockport, and an MA and PhD in American Studies from the University of Buffalo. His research focuses on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) studies. 

In Spring 2017, Professor White will be visiting research chair in trans-border studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario as part of the Fulbright Canada program. He blogs at Meandering Mohawk.  


Alyssa Mt Pleasant is a citizen of the Tuscarora nation. She completed her undergraduate studies in history at Barnard College, before going on to obtain an MA in History, and a PhD in History and American Indian Studies, from Cornell University.

Professor Mt Pleasant is currently at work on a book entitled, After the Whirlwind: Haudenosaunee People and U.S. Settler Colonialism, 1780-1825. This microhistorical study focuses on the Buffalo Creek reservation in western New York State, and the strategies employed there for developing and sustaining the new community during the upheaval of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. 


Theresa McCarthy is a citizen of the Onondaga nation. She earned a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Symbolic Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from McMaster University.

Professor McCarthy’s recently published book, In Divided Unity: Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River (2016) explores community-based initiatives that promote Haudenosaunee traditionalism and languages at Six Nations of the Grand River.

The discussion will take place from 3:30-5:00pm, October 17, in the College Union Ballroom. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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