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Oct 27

 Under the Campus, the Land – ​Reckoning with the Settler University

Under the Campus, the Land is a set of public conversations about the place of the U.S. university in Native and settler colonial histories. These conversations will bring together Native and settler voices speaking to and about the university around four themes: reckoning with the settler university, advancing Native student activism, investigating university land, and making amends to the land. These conversations will take place in conjunction with two exhibitions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art: Andrea Carlson’s Future Cache, which commemorates the Cheboiganing Band of Ottawa and Chippewa people who were violently displaced from land in Northern Michigan now owned by the University of Michigan, and Cannupa Hanska Luger’s You’re Welcome, which explores histories and narratives of land occupied by the University of Michigan.

Full schedule of events:

Friday, October 27, 2023 at UMMA, 525 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI

1:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Reckoning with the Settler University

3:00 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Investigative Memorialization: The Anishinaabe Land Grant and the University of Michigan

5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M.
2023 Binda Lecture: Keynote by Tristan Ahtone

Saturday, October 28, 2023 at The Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division St., Ann Arbor, MI

10:00 A.M. -11:30 A.M
Making Amends to the Land

12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M.
Advancing Native Student Activism

Guest Speakers

  • Tristan Ahtone, Grist
  • Phenocia Bauerle, The University of California Land Grab, University of California, Berkeley
  • Misty Blue, Grassroots Solutions
  • Andrea Carlson, Artist and co-founder of the Center for Native Futures
  • Eric Hemenway, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
  • Samara Jackson Tobey, Native American Student Association Alumna; Citizen of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Andrea Knutson, Associate Professor, Oakland University
  • Shiloh Maples, Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance
  • Shannon Martin, Tribal Elder, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians & Descendant of the Ancestors Whose Land the University of Michigan Was Founded Upon
  • Jon Parmenter, Cornell University
  • Joe Reilly, U-M Alumnus and Community Member

U-M Speakers

  • Ethriam Brammer, Assistant Dean and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Implementation Lead, Rackham Graduate School
  • Matthew Fletcher, Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law, Law School; Professor of American Culture, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Andrew Herscher, Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Professor of History of Art, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Bethany Hughes, Assistant Professor, Department of American Culture
  • David Michener, Curator, University of Michigan
  • Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum
  • Andrea Wilkerson, Program Manager, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

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Lead support for this project is provided by Teiger Foundation, the U-M Office of the Provost, the U-M Office of the President, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, the U-M Marsal Family School of Education, the U-M Institute for the Humanities, Michigan Humanities, and the U-M Arts Initiative. Additional generous support is provided by Melissa Kaish and Jonathan Dorfman. 

The Arts & Resistance Theme Semester, organized by UMMA and the U-M Arts Initiative, is generously supported by the U-M Office of the Provost, the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick.

Special thanks to the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Margaret Noodin, and Richard A. Wiles, for their consultation on the State Historical Marker text; to Margaret Noodin and Michael Zimmerman, Jr. for translating the gallery texts into Anishinaabemowin; to James Horton and Fritz Swanson for generously producing the letterpress broadsides; to colleagues at the U-M Biological Station, U-M Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, U-M Clements Library, and U-M Clark Map Library. For more information on the Cheboiganing (Burt Lake) Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians visit 

Lead support for Future Cache is provided by Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick, and the U-M Office of the Provost.

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