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Religions on the Move: Native American Anti-Nuclear Activism

Thursday, September 28, 2023 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

White Hall, 106
123 Central Ave., Ithaca, NY 14850, USA

This lecture titled, "'Make the sound the Creator is waiting for us to make': Native American Anti-Nuclear Activism", considers Native American anti-nuclear activism in light of scholarly conversations about spiritual sovereignty and jurisdiction. It focuses especially on Native activists’ understanding of their work in relation to earlier visionary movements, such as the 1890 Ghost Dance.

Jennifer Graber is Professor, Gwyn Shive, Anita Nordan Lindsay, and Joe & Cherry Gray Professor of Religious Studies and Associate Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her first book, The Furnace of Affliction: Prisons and Religion in Antebellum America, explores the intersection of church and state during the founding of the nation's first prisons. Her latest book, The Gods of Indian Country: Religion and the Struggle for the American West, considers religious transformations among Kiowa Indians and Euro-Americans during their conflict over Indian Territory, or what is now known as Oklahoma. Her new project, "Our World Renewed: Ghost Dancing Across Native North America," focuses on Native actors, sources, and epistemologies in the Ghost Dance of 1890. Dr. Graber has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities

This lecture is part of the 'Religions on the Move' lecture series sponsored by the Religious Studies Program which is supported by a grant from Cornell University’s Migrations Global Grand Challenge and the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative. Additional support for this lecture provided by American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program in the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and American Studies Program.

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