Hofstra University is commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, Oct. 14, with a daylong series of panels, screenings and talks that will examine issues of colonialism, climate change, and the legacy of Columbus.
“We hope to raise awareness of the global indigenous movement and its centuries-long struggle for the defense of territory, culture, and environment,” said Mario Murillo, vice dean of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication and an advisory board member of the Center for Civic Engagement. “From Standing Rock to the Amazon rainforest, indigenous communities are at the forefront of today’s most important campaigns to confront extractive communities in order to protect sacred spaces and human rights.”
The schedule of events, which feature some of the leading voices of indigenous movements, includes:
11:15 a.m.-12:40 p.m.: “Why Columbus? A Panel Discussion about the History of Columbus Day and the Global Call to Change the Narrative,” hosted by Center for Civic Engagement Student Fellows, Studio A, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, South Campus
12:50-2:30 p.m.: “Kawsak Sachar: The Living Forest,” featuring Kawsak Sacha: Canoe of Life filmmaker Eriberto Gualinga, Breslin Hall Room 211, South Campus
2:55-4:20 p.m.: “For the Right to Communication,” presented by Amalia Cordova, Latinx digital curator and acting chair of research and education at the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Breslin Hall Room 211, South Campus
4:30-5:55 p.m.: Indigenous: Beyond the Meaning – A North/South Perspective,” presented by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a member of the Cheyenne River Lakota Nation of South Dakota and an international speaker on peace, as well as filmmaker Eriberto Gualinga, and moderated by Herbert School Vice Dean Mario Murillo. Breslin Hall Room 211, South Campus.
For more detailed information about the topics and speakers, visit the CCE website.
Presented by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Center for “Race,” Culture and Social Justice, the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program, and the Hofstra Cultural Center, the events are free and open to the public.