Genocide Denial” Teach-In at United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Location: 
NYU CAMPUS, King Juan Carlos Center Theater, First Floor, See map
53 Washington Square South
New York City, NY

New York University will hold on September 22 a teach-in on “Genocide Denial in North American Popular Culture.” Organized as an off-site event of the UN’s World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (UNWCIP), this event invites UNWCIP participants, Indigenous and environmental activists, students, and scholars, and concerned community members to discuss the contemporary legacies of Indigenous genocide in North American history and culture.

Jointly coordinated by NYU, Columbia, and YGSNA, the teach-in will link previous UN conventions, resolutions, and definitions of ‘genocide’ with North American cultural and historiographical practices, with the Canadian government’s inability to investigate the disappearances and murders of Indigenous women, and with the destructive practices of carbon extraction within Southwestern Native homelands. Teach-in participants are also invited to voice their concerns during an extended open mic session that will conclude the evening.

A catered buffet reception will begin the event at 6pm with formal introductions and welcomes to follow at 645.

Introduction Tiffany Hale (Yale Group for the Study of Native America)

Panel Moderator Aura Bogado (News Editor, Colorlines)

Ned Blackhawk (Yale University) “Genocide Denial in North America: Extending the UN Convention on the Prevention of Genocide to U.S. History and Popular Culture”

Audra Simpson (Columbia University) “The Disappeared Corporealities of Native Women: Femicide in Canadian Law and Policy”

Ellen Gabriel (Kanehsatà:ke Mohawk activist and former President of Québec Native Women’s Association) “The Crown is Against Us: the so-called ‘Phenomenon’ of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada”

Andrew Needham (NYU) “The Hidden History of American Carbon and Indigenous Environmental Degradation”

OPEN MIC Moderated by Jorge Cuéllar (News Editor, SalvaCultura.com)

With Generous Support from the Columbia Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race, Columbia MA Program in Climate and Society, Barnard College Department of Anthropology, NYU Department of History, NYU Native People’s Forum, Yale Group for the Study of Native America, the Yale Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, and the Yale Native American Cultural Center.