Feminist. Revolutionary. Historian.
On October 8th and 9th, The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will host a two-day event organized around the work of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, a long-time feminist and historian of indigenous peoples. A native of rural Oklahoma, Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz holds a PhD in History from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was co-founder of the Department of Ethnic Studies at California State University, East Bay, where she taught Native American Studies. Among her many publications are Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and The Great Sioux Nation: An Oral History of the Sioux Nation and its Struggle for Sovereignty, which will be republished by the University of Nebraska Press in 2013. She is currently writing a history of the United States from the perspective of Indigenous Peoples.
- Dunbar-Ortiz will give a public lecture on “Race, Nations, Land, Decolonization: Indigenous Resistance in the Americas,” on Monday, October 8th, at 5:30 p.m. in the Sonja Haynes Stone Center, Hitchcock Multipurpose Room. A reception will follow the talk.
- On Tuesday, October 9th, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Dunbar-Ortiz will give a short presentation on her experiences organizing second wave feminism in the South followed by a discussion. This event, entitled “Women, War, Race, and Revolution: Second Wave Feminist Organizing in the South, an Oral History,” will take place in the Global Education Center, Room 4003. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Dr. Ariana Vigil; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Dunbar-Ortiz has played an important role in the development of indigenous and feminist organizations, nationally and globally. From 1977 to 2005, she served as a non-governmental representative in United Nations sessions devoted to the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities, the Decade for the World’s Indigenous Peoples, and the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, among others. She was the founding director of the Indigenous World Association and the Interim Director of the Women’s Studies Program at California State University – Hayward (now Cal State East Bay) from 1995 to 1997.
Dunbar-Ortiz is equally well-known and respected for the several memoirs she has published that reflect the movements and activities in which she has participated. These books include Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie (London and New York: Verso, 1997; republished by University of Oklahoma Press, 2005); Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960 – 1975 (San Francisco: City Lights Books, 2002) and Blood on the Border: Memoir of the Contra War (Cambridge: South End Press, 2005).
The events are co-sponsored by: American Indian Center, American Indian Studies, Carolina Indian Circle, Carolina Women’s Center, Center for Global Initiatives, Curriculum in Global Studies, Department of American Studies, Department of Anthropology, Department of History, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Feminist Students United, First Nations Graduate Circle, the Institute for the Arts and Humanities, the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Social and Economic Justice Minor, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center, and The Southern Oral History Program and UNC Latina/o Studies Program.