We are proud to offer numerous courses every semester that range in content and engage various departments across campus. If you are interested in how fields such as art, art history, archaeology, English, horticulture, law, linguistics, or natural resources engage Indigenous issues, we have a course for you.

Featured Courses

AIIS/LING 3324, 6324: Cayuga Language and Culture I

Jessica Martin (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ/Six Nations Cayuga)

Hybrid; Fridays, 2:40PM - 4:30PM

An introduction to the language and culture of the Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫɁ) people. Basic language instruction provided in an immersive learning environment, focusing on the relationship of language and culture to plants and growing.

AIIS 1100/AMST 1600/ANTHR 1700: Indigenous North America

Professor Kurt Jordan

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:45PM - 4:00PM, plus discussion section

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures, histories and contemporary situations of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Students will also be introduced to important themes in the post-1492 engagement between Indigenous and settler populations in North America and will consider the various and complex ways in which that history affected - and continues to affect - American Indian peoples and societies. Course materials draw on the humanities, social sciences, and expressive arts.

AIIS/ENGL/AMST 2600: Introduction to Native American Literature

Professor Juliana Hu Pegues

Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:25AM - 12:40PM

The production of North American Indigenous literatures began long before European colonization, and persists in a variety of printed, sung, carved, painted, written, spoken, and digital media. From oral traditions transmitted through memory and mnemonics to contemporary genres and media, Native North American authors offer Indigenous perspectives on social, political, and environmental experience, through deft artistry and place-specific aesthetics. Our attention will focus on the contexts from which particular Native American literatures emerge, the ethics to consider when entering Indigenous intellectual territory, and close attention to common themes and techniques that frequently appear in contemporary Native American literature. Readings will feature a range of novels, poetry, short fiction, graphic novel/comics, and film.

AIIS 3560: Thinking from a Different place: Indigenous Philosophies

Professor Eric Cheyfitz

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:45PM - 4:00PM

The Western nation-state has failed to solve the two most pressing, indeed catastrophic, global problems: poverty and climate change. This failure is due to the inability of national policy to imagine a world beyond a boundary drawn by the formative capitalist ideas of property, production, and profit. The course will begin by discussing the historical origin and continuing force of these ideas while raising questions about their limits. Then it will look at a range of alternative ideas about how the world should work if we want to keep it socially, economically, and ecologically in balance. The alternatives we will query come from a range of Indigenous writers of fiction, poetry, and theory, who locate themselves in Native American (north and south), Aboriginal, and Maori communities.

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AIIS 6010: American Indian and Indigenous Studies Speaker Series

Fridays, 12:25 - 2:20PM

Professor Jolene Rickard (Ska:rù:rę'/Tuscarora)

Graduate-level course that introduces students to ongoing research in the field of American Indian and Indigenous Studies in a proseminar/colloquium format. Advanced graduate students are expected to present their work in progress; all are expected to attend each seminar and provide presenters with critical and constructive commentary on papers.

SHUM/AMST/HIST 4674/6674: Dispossession, Truth, and Reconciliation

Professor Jon Parmenter

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 9:40AM - 10:55AM

The dispossession of Indigenous nations by Europeans represents the foundation of the past five centuries of North American history. Yet the truth of that history remains cloaked behind various Western legal-religious justifications for the dispossession of lndigenous American populations by Europeans (i.e., terra nullius, the Doctrine of Discovery, the right of conquest, and Manifest Destiny). Through analysis of primary texts and up-to-date historical and legal scholarship, students in this course will unpack these still-thriving tropes of settler-colonial justification for dispossession, assess the true impact of the taking of Indigenous lands, and explore prospects for meaningful reconciliation in the present. For longer description and instructor bio visit the Society for the Humanities website.

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