Violence and Race: Penn Museum Live

Streamed live on Nov 16, 2016

Race is not a scientific concept, yet racism is real in American society. Race is a powerful social idea that gives people differential access to opportunities and resources. Violence has been racialized in the United States, as seen in crime statistics and as reinforced by the news media. This session explores the cultural and sociological consequences of race-based violence.

Speakers include
John Hollway, Ph.D.
Erin Kerrison, Ph.D
Oliver Rollins, Ph.D.
Christen Smith, Ph.D.
Deborah A. Thomas,
and moderator Ph.D. Sara Lomax-Reese

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The Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia has launched the Digital Penn Museum, a platform for their collections, recorded lectures, and hundreds of films from expeditions across the world. As an institution focused on archaeology and anthropology, the portal offers improved accessibility to its resources on global history and culture.

Like many museums that are increasing their online engagement, the Digital Penn Museum is aimed at expanding the audience for its programming and collections beyond the physical space of the institution. For instance, it features over 200 lectures recorded since 2010 on such subjects as the early-20th-century Piltdown fossil hoax, and flood, myth, and magic in early Mesopotamia, as well as the “Great Riddles in Archaeology” series.


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Button Poetry: what GREAT sounds like

Crystal Valentine – “Black Privilege” (CUPSI 2015 Finals)

Button Poetry is committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for spoken word and performance poetry.

We seek to showcase the power and diversity of voices in our community. By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets of today, we hope to broaden poetry’s audience, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form. Support Button Poetry!  Check out our newest project:


A 3-Minute Must-Hear Poem: ‘Love You Some Indians’ Says It All

Natives on the frontiers of the culture wars have a host of issues to contend with, just some of which are appropriation, sports mascots, and redface portrayals—and to borrow a phrase, they are all related. Looked at separately—a racial-slur team name here, a fake headdress there—they may evoke a shrug of indifference from non-Natives and even some Natives.

It’s just a football team.

It’s just makeup.

It’s just a school play. 

In her poem “Love You Some Indians,” Navajo poet Rowie Shebala connects the dots with both eloquence and emotion. Her words show how the bits and pieces of insult and prejudice that confront Natives daily add up to a giant slap in the face. This performance of the piece was filmed at the most recent National Poetry Slam, held in early August in Oakland, where Shebala competed as part of the Sedona team.


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Afro Native Narratives + Native Americans on Immigration

New film looks to bring back the discussion of Black Native Identity

However, these groups, marginalized at higher rates than their parents, were often singled out, shunned, or forced to choose sides. They were also frequently omitted from official records.

Despite their virtually unknown history, many Black Natives maintained a connection to their culture, carrying on in the traditions of their ancestors. It is an effort that continues to this day.

Afro Native Narratives is an upcoming film that explores the historically-ignored Black Native identity as it stands today. The film explores contemporary issues like how culture differs from DNA and how that affects the blood quantum, and what the future of mixed raced identity is in rapidly changing America.

The film aims to bring back the discussion of Black Native Identity to the forefront and bring forward the faces of Black Natives who continue to embrace the traditions of their ancestors.

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Illegal Immigration? Ask Native Americans About That, from AJ+ Films