On Our Own Grounds: The Legacy of William Apess, December 6, 2012

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Lisa Brooks
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On Our Own Grounds: the Legacy of William Apess, a Pequot
A Symposium
Amherst College
December 6, 2012

Robert Warrior (Osage), University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Jean O'Brien (Anishinaabe), University of Minnesota
Ramona Peters, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
with Special Address by Barry O'Connell, Amherst College

2012 marks the 20th anniversary of On Our Own Ground: The Collected Works of William Apess, a Pequot, edited by Amherst College professor Barry O'Connell. Since the publication, Apess has emerged as "an intellectual beacon" (Robert Warrior, The People and the Word) for the twenty-first century, an indigenous intellectual and political visionary who is even now enabling scholars, students, tribal leaders and activists to envision strategies forrevitalization, resistance and survival. We would like to take this opportunity to honor the continuing legacy of William Apess with a day-long gathering at Amherst College, at a crossroads between his birthplace of Colrain, Massachusetts and his home community of Mashantucket Pequot.

We invite papers that reflect new and emerging work on William Apess's writing, his influences, his multifaceted history, and his intellectual and political vision. Graduate students are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Wealso invite participants who would like to share, in a roundtable/circle format, how Apess has influenced themselves or their communities, the impact this work has had on their teaching, research, writing, activism and/or leadership. Community-based scholars are likewise encouraged to participate, with either formal papers or informal comments.

We look forward to gathering with you to celebrate the legacy of William Apess.

v To submit a proposal for a paper, please send an abstract (1 page or less) and cv by email to Lisa Brooks at lbrooks@amherst.edu by November 15, 2012.

v To participate in the roundtable/circle, please send a brief (1-2 paragraph) summary of your work, your community or institutional affiliation, and the contribution you wish to make to the discussion. We will make our best effort to include as many voices as possible. Please send your information by email to Lisa Brooks at lbrooks@amherst.edu by November 20, 2012.

Any questions about this call or the conference may be directed to Lisa Brooks at Amherst College.