Eva Pell to present keynote address at indigenous knowledge conference

September 24, 2012

Penn State Libraries will host an "Indigenous Knowledge Showcase" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library at the University Park campus of Penn State. Eva Pell, undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution and former Penn State senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, will deliver the keynote address from 10 to 11 a.m. on "The Importance of Indigenous Knowledge to the Academy."

In her speech, she will describe the origins of the Smithsonian and its collections, discuss the scholarly agenda of the Smithsonian and share a number of significant projects that are dedicated to preserving indigenous knowledge as it relates to language and to natural resources.

The morning program also will feature two panel discussions. The first will feature speakers who will highlight their academic involvement in the indigenous knowledge field. The panelists for this session are Kyle Snyder, a junior in pre-medicine, David Ader, a doctoral student in rural sociology and Jyotsna Kalavar, an associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State New Kensington. Ted Alter, professor of agricultural, environmental and regional economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences will moderate the discussion.

The second panel discussion will highlight the indigenous knowledge environment at Penn State and will include Michael Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs; Barbara Dewey, dean of the University Libraries and Scholarly Communications; David Monk, dean of the College of Education; Ronald Redwing, associate dean for Educational Equity, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and Ann Tickamyer, head of the Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education Department in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Philip Wilson, professor of humanities, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, will moderate this session.

The morning program will also include the dedication of a gift to Penn State, "The Watcher," created by Ojibwe artist Gordon van Wert and given by Floyd "Buck" Jourdain, tribal chairman of the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. The dedication ceremony will be conducted by Bruce Martin of the University of Michigan.

The conference will break for lunch in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library. Lunch will be hosted by SSIK, the Student Society for Indigenous Knowledge. During this time a presentation of the "AcademIK Connections" video series will be shown.

At 2 p.m. in Foster Auditorium, Associate Professor of Education Ladislaus Semali will lead a presentation titled "Using New Media Technology to Promote Indigenous Knowledge." Semali, who is co-director of ICIK, the Interinstitutional Consortium for Indigenous Knowledge, will also talk about the guidelines for submission of project proposals to the Marjorie Grant Whiting Endowment for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledge at Penn State, the conference sponsor.

The event is free and open to the public and no registration is required. The presentations can be viewed live online at live.libraries.psu.edu. In addition, recordings of the morning sessions will be archived online for 30 days at icik.psu.edu.

If accommodations are needed or for any questions about the physical access provided, contact Amy Paster at alp4@psu.edu or 814-865-3708 in advance of participation.

  • Eva Pell, undersecretary for science at the Smithsonian Institution and former Penn State senior vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School

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Last Updated September 24, 2012