Kristine Utterback, Head
Ross Hall, Room 122
1000 E. University Ave
Laramie, WY 82071
The Department of Religious Studies will be bringing in as well as sponsoring distinguished guest speakers throughout the year.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Dr. Tammy Heise, University of Wyoming, will present, "Ghost Dancing and the American Indian Movement's 1973 Takeover of Wounded Knee," on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. in Ross Hall Room 14.
Abstract: This talk will trace the history of the Lakota Ghost Dance into the twentieth century, focusing on the political activism of the American Indian Movement’s “restoration” of Ghost Dance religion during the occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973. Many histories have linked “authentic” American Indian identity to “traditional” reservation culture and have not examined the innovations in indigenous culture federal assimilation programs produced. In reality, U.S. Indian policy is connected to this trajectory of the Ghost Dance and confusion on this relationship has tended to divorce religion from politics in understanding the movement. Reconceptualizing AIM's expression of the Ghost Dance puts religion at the center of its conflict with the U.S. government.
Thursday, September 17, 2015Professor Menachem Mor, University of Haifa, will present two lectures on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Please attend as follows: