Talk discusses the rights of indigenous peoples

Judy Bertonazzi and Julie Rowland will give a presentation, "Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: An Historical and Contemporary Global Movement," from 3:15 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library on the University Park campus of Penn State. An International Education Week Program, it is co-sponsored by the Centre County United Nations Association, and Penn State's Office of Global Programs, Center for Global Studies and, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge (ICIK).

Rowland is a Penn State graduate student in a joint program in the Law School and the College of Education. As an intern in spring 2012, she researched UNDRIP, the 2007 declaration, and authored a paper titled "The New Legal Context of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples." Her paper, accepted for publication in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, a publication of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, is scheduled for publication in December 2012. Rowland was also an applicant for the first UN Youth Observer award in 2012.

Bertonazzi, who formerly taught English at Penn State Altoona and completed her coursework in English literature and criticism at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is currently writing her dissertation. She recently authored a chapter on "Indigenous Peoples Rights" that was published in the September 2012 issue of "The Encyclopedia of Global Social Issues. " She has also published on filmmaker and novelist Julie Dash, with particular emphasis on her novel, "Daughters of the Dust" that narrates the lives of the indigenous Gullah women who live on the Sea Islands off the coast of the U.S. Southeast.

FileSteel is a doctoral candidate in Penn State's Educational Leadership Program in the College of Education, as well as an alumna of the American Indian Leadership Program. She is an enrolled member of the White Clay and Assiniboine Tribes, located on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation in North Central Montana. She holds degrees in elementary education and American Indian studies from Montana State University and has teaching experience spanning elementary through post-secondary levels. She has developed curricula, conducted educational assessments in Montana and Arizona and researched family interactions for a longitudinal study conducted by the Department of Education that involved observation and documentation of families on the Fort Belknap and Rocky Boy Indian Reservations in Montana.

The publications by Bertonazzi and Rowland will be reprinted in a special 2013 issue of ICIK E-News, an issue co-sponsored by the Centre County United Nations Association and ICIK. It will be distributed electronically to the CC UNA and the ICIK list serves and will be available on both organizations’ websites.
Free and open to the public, the presentation will also be broadcast via Mediasite Live at No login required.

For more information, or if you need accommodations or have questions about physical access provided, please contact Helen Sheehy at / 814-863-1347, in advance of your participation.



Last Updated November 19, 2012