Graduate students are encouraged to meet and talk with TOE candidate Prof. Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert on Thursday, November 13th. Prof. Gilbert earned his PhD from UCR and is currently a tenured Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and History at the University of Illinois. He is enrolled with the Hopi Tribe from the village of Upper Moencopi in northeastern Arizona. Centering his research and teaching on Native American history and the history of the American West, he examines the history of American Indian education, the Indian boarding school experience, and American Indians and sports. In addition to publishing articles on Hopi history and producing a documentary film — Beyond the Mesas — on the Hopi boarding school experience, he has authored a book entitled Education beyond the Mesas: Hopi Students at Sherman Institute, 1902-1929 (University of Nebraska Press, 2010). Furthermore, he is co-editor (with Clifford E. Trafzer and Lorene Sisquoc) of the anthology The Indian School on Magnolia Avenue: Voices and Images from Sherman Institute (Oregon State University Press, 2012).
The schedule for Thursday is as follows:
11:00-11:45am: Graduate student session with Prof. Gilbert (History department library).
11:45am: Lunch at the Barn
1:30-3:00pm: Talk by Prof. Gilbert, “The Mother of All Waters: the Hopis and their historical relationship with the Pacific” (History department library).
5:00-6:00pm: Reception/Happy hour at The Spot Sports Bar & Grill in the UV.
Everyone in the department would like as much graduate student support and interaction with Prof. Gilbert as possible. Please contact Bob Przeklasa or Seth Archer for more information.