Jose Barreiro

Hartwick to Host Barreiro for Discussion, Dedication of Mohawk Collection

March 8, 2012

Hartwick College will host "Honoring John Mohawk: An Evening with Jose Barreiro" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 8 on the third floor of the Stevens-German Library, Yager Hall, on the Hartwick College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Barreiro is the editor of "Thinking Indian," a book of essays by late Hartwick College alumnus John C. Mohawk (Sotsisowah), Seneca, Turtle Clan. He will be joined by Hartwick Professor of English Robert Bensen, Professor of History Edythe Anne Quinn, and Professor of Art Phil Young for a discussion of Mohawk's work and the importance of Native American studies to an undergraduate education.

Barriero serves as the Assistant Director for Research at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.  One of the leading scholars of American Indian policy and the contemporary Native experience, Barriero is a pioneering figure in Native American journalism and publishing. He helped establish the American Indian Program at Cornell University, serving as associate director and editor-in-chief of Akwe:kon Press and the journal Native Americas throughout the 1980s and '90s. At Akwe:kon, he worked to develop communications networks among the indigenous peoples of North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean. In 2000, he left Cornell to join the staff of Indian Country Today as Senior Editor, and staff members who read ICT have seen his byline on countless thoughtful articles and editorials. He continues to serve as a member of the editorial board of Kacike: The Journal of Caribbean Amerindian History and Anthropology.

The John C. Mohawk Modern Native American Collection of materials documents the study of Native American history and culture. It is dedicated to the memory of Hartwick alumnus John C. Mohawk in recognition of his national and international activism for the rights of the Iroquois Confederacy and of indigenous peoples worldwide. Mohawk's work and writings reflected his core values of pluralism, sustainability, social justice, environmental justice, and scholarship.  The materials in this collection will enable generations of Hartwick students to explore the values that Mohawk embraced and endeavored to promote.

This event is sponsored by Friends of the Steven-German Library. For additional information, contact Paul Coleman, Director of the Library and Information Resources, at 607-431-4449 or

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