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The effort to hold the University of Michigan to its responsibilities to Native people has been led by generations of Native American students. This effort culminated in the 2018 report of the Native American Student Task Committee. What has happened at the university as a result of Native student activism? What hasn’t happened? And what should happen in the future?

Andrea Wilkerson, Program Manager, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Shannon Martin, Tribal Elder, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians & Descendant of the Ancestors Whose Land the University of Michigan Was Founded Upon

Joe Reilly, (Cherokee), U-M Alumnus and Community Member

Samara Jackson-Tobey, (Mashpee Wampanoag), Native American Student Association Alumna; Citizen of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

Bethany Hughes, Assistant Professor, Department of American Culture, University of Michigan

UNDER THE CAMPUS, THE LAND is a set of public conversations about the place of the U.S. university in Native and settler colonial histories and futures. Organized by Andrew Herscher, these conversations will bring together Native and settler voices speaking to and about the university around four themes: reckoning with the settler university, advancing Native student activism, investigating university land, and making amends to the land. These conversations will take place in conjunction with two exhibitions at the University of Michigan Museum of Art: Andrea Carlson’s Future Cache, which commemorates the Cheboiganing Band of Ottawa and Chippewa people who were violently displaced from land in Northern Michigan now owned by the University of Michigan, and Cannupa Hanska Luger’s You’re Welcome, which explores histories and narratives of land occupied by the University of Michigan.

Generously supported by the Native American Studies (NAS) Program at the University of Michigan, the U-M Arts Initiative, Stamps School of Art & Design, Stamps Gallery, UMMA, and the Department of the History of Art at the University of Michigan

October 26, 5:30 p.m.: Cannupa Hanska Luger: How Do We Remember? A conversation with Monument Lab Co-Founder Paul Farber, Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor, MI

October 27-28: Under the Campus, the Land, UMMA and Stamps Gallery
October 27, 5:00 p.m.: Under the Campus, the Land – ​2023 Binda Lecture: Keynote by Tristan Ahtone

October 28, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Memory & Monuments Open House

October 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Live podcast recording of Broken Boxes by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, with artists Andrea Carlson and Matika Wilbur, UMMA

October 28, 6:00 p.m.: Matika Wilbur Artist Talk and Book Signing, Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division, Ann Arbor, MI

October 26 – 28: Andrea Carlson Future Cache, UMMA

October 26 – 28: Cannupa Hanska Luger You’re Welcome, UMMA

Related events & exhibitions coordinated as part of the Memory & Monuments Weekend program of the Arts & Resistance Theme Semester, organized by UMMA and the U-M Arts Initiative in partnership with the Stamps Gallery and “Under the Campus, the Land” series of conversations by Taubman College faculty Andrew Herscher.

The Arts & Resistance Theme Semester, organized by UMMA and the U-M Arts Initiative, is generously supported by the U-M Office of the Provost, the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch, and Erica Gervais Pappendick and Ted Pappendick.

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