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Dr. Amira De La Garza
Dr. Suzuko Morikawa
Democracy, Meritocracy and Academic Texts: Challenges for African, Latino, Asian and Native American Writers
Saturday, June 25, 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Presenters: Amira De La Garza, Associate Professor at Arizona State University Hugh Downs School of Communications; Ana Monteiro Ferreira, Assistant Professor, African American Studies, Eastern Michigan University; Suzuko Morikawa, Associate Professor of History at Chicago State University; and Beverly Singer, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico
Textbooks have been notorious for omitting and distorting images and information about Native Americans, Asians, Chicanos and Africans. Textbooks have been notorious for omitting and distorting images and information about Native Americans, Asians, Chicanos, and Africans. It is the purpose of thispanel to reveal some of those hurdles and to make suggestions about how to combat the overwhelming absence of indigenous knowledge about wellness, spirituality, and culture in Eurocentric textbooks. Panelists will present their ideas for bringing multiple perspectives into the writing of textbooks. Our aim is to demonstrate that it is possible to have robust textbooks in any subject area.
Amira De la Garza is Associate Professor at the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University. She is a performance ethnographer with expertise in qualitative research, auto-ethnographic fieldwork, and the creation of performative texts from ethnographic research. Dr. De la Garza emphasizes themes of cultural identity, spirituality, and wellness in her work, with an interest in the ways culture, religion, and habituated & institutionalized behaviors constrain and influence collective and self-expression. She finds material for her work in cultural borderlands and through fieldwork to historical and living cultural sites, as well as through engaged social action in sites related to her research interests.
She has held two Fulbright scholarships to Mexico and served as the Acting Director of the North American Center for Transborder Studies (NACTS) during its inception from 2005-2007. She currently is research faculty with NACTS, disciplinary faculty with Barrett Honors College, and affiliate faculty with ASU’s Women & Gender Studies in the School of Social Transformation, and the department of Transborder Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies. She currently leads the newest strategic initiative of the Hugh Downs School—the Initiative for Innovative Inquiry.
Suzuko Morikawa is currently an Associate Professor of History at Chicago State University. She earned a B.A. in International Studies from Japan, and continued her education in the African American Studies program at Temple University in Philadelphia, the first Ph.D. program in African American Studies in the nation. Dr. Morikawa was the first student from Japan to be awarded both a Masters and a Ph.D. from this program. Her area of research centers on comparative socio-historical studies between African Americans and Asian Americans in 20th century United States, as well as the history of slavery in the Americas, and Africans in the diaspora. Her works have been published in The Journal of Black Studies, Emerging Voices: The Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans and The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade?
Beverly R. Singer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute of American Indian Research at the University of New Mexico. She is a video documentarian whose interests represents the second wave (1970-present) of indigenous film and video production in the Americas. Her videos capture contemporary indigenous lives relative to being self-representing and is currently working with Il Ngwesi Massai in Kenya in the development of a video archive of their communities. As a witness of the film and video movement in the 20th into the 21st century among indigenous producers in the U.S, she has documented their history process in a groundbreaking book Wiping the War Paint Off the Lens: Film and Video by Native Americans, University of Minnesota Press, 2001.