Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

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Posted on: Monday, September 9, 2019 - 11:59am

Panelists to Discuss Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest

**Please Note - Due to high interest in the event, attendance may be high and seating may be limited. Please arrive early to secure your spot.**

A panel of historians and educators will engage in a facilitated discussion entitled “Making and Unmaking Histories of Settler Violence and Colonialism in the Pacific Northwest,” at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2019 in Special Collections (Western Libraries, Wilson 6). This event is free and open to the public.

How have communities, indigenous, and non-indigenous peoples narrated and contested stories of settler colonialism in the Pacific Northwest? What are the responsibilities of historians and educators as they explore and present these narratives? Panelists Marc Carpenter (PhD candidate, University of Oregon History Department), Dr. Josh Cerretti (WWU Departments of History, and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies), and Michelle Vendiola (community organizer, educator, and member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada) will engage in a facilitated conversation about past, present, and future approaches to the telling of local and regional history. Dr. Jennifer Seltz (WWU Department of History) will moderate.

Marc Carpenter holds a BA and an MA in History, and is currently a PhD candidate in the University of Oregon’s Department of History. His research interests are U.S. History, Native American History, and the History of Memory, and he is currently working on a dissertation provisionally titled, “Memory and Erasure of Settler Violence in the Early Northwest, 1849-1929.” This research explores the violence of American conquest and colonization in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the mechanics of mythmaking that followed.

Dr. Josh Cerretti is an Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Western. His research interests include sexuality, race, and gender in modern U.S. history. In 2015, he was awarded a Diversity and Social Justice Committee Institutional Transformation grant to develop and guide the “Decolonizing Bellingham’s History Tour.” His monograph, “Abuses of the Erotic: Militarizing Sexuality in the Post-Cold War United States,” was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2019.

Michelle Vendiola is an enrolled member of the Walker River Paiute Tribe of Nevada who makes her home with her family on the Lummi Indian Nation near Bellingham. She is a community organizer with the Red Line Salish Sea, an indigenous-led organizing group focused on the protection of water, land, and air in the region. Vendiola has worked in education from Head Start through the university level as a teacher, faculty member, and administrator. She has always called herself an activist, and believes in empowering Native youth and community members with the tools to overcome historical trauma to bring about community change.

Dr. Jennifer Seltz is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western and serves on the James W. Scott Fellowship Review Committee. Her research focuses on the environmental and cultural history of epidemic disease in the North American West.

This talk is co-sponsored by Western Libraries Heritage Resources and Western’s Department of History, and is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program and the James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship. The Scott Fellowship is awarded annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (CPNWS), a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources. Funds are in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region, and a founder and first director of CPNWS. Carpenter and Cerretti are both recipients of the 2019 Scott Fellowship.

For more information about this event, please contact the Director of Western Libraries Heritage Resources, Elizabeth.Joffrion@wwu.edu (360) 650-3283.

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