Ashland University Symposium to Look at Native Americans

3/5/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Ashland University’s 2011-2012 College of Arts and Sciences Symposium "Against Global Indifference: Awakening to Action" will continue on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center Auditorium with a presentation titled “What Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples Can Teach Us About Globalization.”


The presentation will be given by Dr. Thomas Hall, professor emeritus of sociology and anthropology at DePauw University and coauthor of “Indigenous Peoples and Globalization: Resistance and Revitalization.” The event is free and open to the public.


In the late 19th century, the United states Commissioner of Indian Affairs predicted that “The great body of Indians will become merged in the indistinguishable mass of our population.” Why didn't this happen? Today Native American culture is one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population.


Hall who will explain why the history of survival of Native Americans and of Indigenous Peoples continues to have relevance for all human futures and that such a history can suggest pointers to future survival. He will argue that, rather than simply imitating the actions of the past, contemporary struggles can draw inspiration and hope for their own contexts.


The College of Arts and Sciences at Ashland University began the Symposium Against Indifference in 2003 as a series of events and lectures dedicated to overcoming apathy in the face of human concerns by raising awareness.  The symposium seeks to challenge people to see how individuals can make a difference.


Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

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