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Arizona Humanities Virtual FRANK Talk: “What is Decolonization and Why Does it Matter?”
August 10, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
On Tuesday, August 10, 2021, Arizona Humanities Virtual FRANK Talk presents “What is Decolonization and Why Does it Matter?” by Rowdy Duncan. This free presentation will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (ARIZONA/Mountain Standard Time, same as Pacific Daylight Time) and is sponsored by Arizona Humanities, Phoenix, and Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, Tucson.
The history of colonialism and how to “decolonize” is a hot topic among Indigenous peoples and some scholars, including when it comes to archaeology. However, probably most members of the general public and even some professional archaeologists have no concept of why an understanding of colonialism is important. To fathom what decolonization means today, we first must understand historically what colonialism is, and how it has shaped our thinking and actions. In the Americas, who was, and who was not colonized? Colonialist thinking can permeate education, media, government policies, and our lived experiences every day. Colonialist thinking can empower some of us while disenfranchising, exploiting or marginalizing others. In what ways do we consciously or unconsciously engage in colonialist practices, beliefs, or concepts today? What steps can we take to begin to decolonize our thinking, and why does it matter? What is the cost to individuals or communities if we choose not to? What is the benefit to individuals or communities if we choose to “decolonize” our thinking and act differently? Join this interactive discussion about the impact of colonization and decolonization on the way we live and work together. Guest presenter Rowdy Duncan (Phoenix College and Anytown AZ) has worked in the field of diversity and inclusion for over a decade.
To register for the Zoom meeting go to https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceytqDojGtUGEWlztiWz2Q7qQdZOR2gX. For more information contact Old Pueblo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-798-1201.
Photo caption: “Classroom of students with their teachers inside a Walapai Indian school at Hackbury, Arizona, circa 1900” photo by C. C. Pierce (USC Libraries Special Collections, public domain).