Program Announcement: Indigenous Knowledge Showcase: Indigenous Knowledge in the Academy

Posted: September 10, 2012

Sponsored by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Enhancement of Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State October 5, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library, Penn State University Park

Morning Program

9:00 - 9:15     Overview of Indigenous Knowledge Showcase: Audrey Maretzki

9:15- 10:00     Highlighting Indigenous Knowledge Experiences
Moderator: Ted Alter: College of Agricultural Sciences
Kyle Snyder: Junior in Pre-medicine
David Ader: Doctoral student in Rural Sociology
Jotsna Kalavar: Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, PSU New Kensington
Presenters will describe their interest in, and academic involvement with, indigenous knowledge.
10:00 -11:00   Keynote Address: The Importance of Indigenous Knowledge to the Academy
Speaker: Dr. Eva Pell, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution 
Former PSU Senior Vice President for Research & Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Pell will describe the origins of the Smithsonian and its collections.  She will discuss the scholarly agenda of the Smithsonian and share a number of significant projects that are dedicated to preserving Indigenous Knowledge as it relates to language, and to natural resources; discussing the importance of these resources to stewardship of our environment.

11:00 -11:30   Dedication of The Watcher, by Ojibwe artist, Gordon van Wert. 
Ceremony conducted by Bruce Martin, University of Michigan.
The Watcher is a gift to Penn State from Floyd “Buck” Jourdain, Tribal Chairman of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota.

11:30 -12:30    The Indigenous Knowledge Environment at Penn State
Moderator: Philip Wilson: Penn State Hershey College of Medicine
Michael Adewumi: Vice Provost for Global Programs
Barbara Dewey: Dean of Library and Scholarly Communications
David Monk: Dean, College of Education
Ronald Redwing: Associate Dean for Educational Equity, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Ann Tickamyer: Department Head in Agricultural Economics, Sociology and
Education, College of Agricultural Sciences
Discussants will highlight features of the current indigenous knowledge environment at Penn State and consider how this environment might be enhanced.

Anyone may take part in the Showcase morning sessions on Media Site at:
Tapes of the morning sessions will be archived for 30 days at:

Networking Lunch & Program

12:30 – 2:00     AcademIK Connections Video Showing & lunch in Mann Assembly Room
Hosted by SSIK, the Student Society for Indigenous Knowledge
Introduction of AcademIK Connections Guests:
Deanna Behring and Leila Bradaschia: Co-conveners, Advisory Committee for the Whiting Endowment for Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State

Clemente Abrokwaa, David Ader, Ted Alter, Michael Jacobson, Mary Marete, Audrey Maretzki, Bruce Martin, Khanjan Mehta, Duarte Morais, Fran Osseo-Asare, Madhu Prakash, Carolyn Sachs, Ladislaus Semali, Lindsay Usher, Mary Chandy Vayaliparampil

Showcase Planning Committee: Chris Palma, Chair, Ted Alter, Audrey Maretzki, Amy Paster, Philip Wilson

Lunch will be followed at 2:00 p.m. by a special program in Foster Auditorium on Using New Media Technology to Promote Indigenous Knowledge conducted by Dr. Ladislaus Semali, Associate Professor of Education and Co-Director of ICIK, The Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge. The session will include a discussion of the guidelines for submission of project proposals to the M.G. Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State.  All are encouraged to attend. 
Details of this program will be provided at a later date.