Thursday, November 15, 2018
Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture and the Department of History will co-host a public lecture by Dr. Rae Gould of the University of Massachusetts on Monday, November 19th. Gould, a senior tribal liaison and lecturer in anthropology, will give a talk titled “Engaged Anthropology from an Indigenous Perspective: The Concept of ‘Institutional Will’.” The lecture will be held in the Yager Museum and is free and open to the public.
Gould is a member of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts and has an extensive record of research and practice on issues of historic preservation, cultural property, and Indigenous legal and sovereignty issues. Over a 20-year career, she has been actively involved in facilitating the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) at multiple institutions in the northeast. She has also worked on archaeology, education, and museum projects for audiences of all ages through her work with her tribe and at several museums in New England.
“We are really excited to bring Dr. Gould to the Museum,” said Quentin Lewis, the Yager Museum’s collections and programs manager. “Dr. Gould’s work has thoughtfully challenged museums, universities, and other cultural institutions to think more critically about how they depict Indigenous people. She has also worked hard to try to undo some of the harm that has come from the historical removal of Indigenous objects from communities without equitable dialog or consultation. We think the future of museums is in building such dialog and we look forward to hearing about how Dr. Gould has worked to make it happen.”
The lecture has been funded by the Richard L. Haan Fund for Native American Studies at Hartwick College.
Gould’s visit opens a series of lectures by Indigenous speakers from the northeastern United States who will speak on themes of activism and engagement. In early February, 2019 Hartwick will host a lecture by Melanie Printup Hope, a Tuscarora artist and educator. Next April, the Museum will be welcome a representative from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division.
The Yager Museum currently features three exhibitions on Native American culture:
Other exhibitions currently on view include:
The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when the College is in session. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and College holidays.
The Yager is the Oneonta area’s only museum of art and culture. Admission is free and parking is available near the entrance on the first floor of Yager Hall. To reach the Museum, take West Street to Clinton Street and turn right onto Cayuga Drive. Follow Cayuga Drive to Yager Hall.
Parking is available adjacent to the Museum entrance.
Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.
Contact: David Lubell