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American Indian studies seminar to feature IC professor


Chicago’s independent research library, The Newberry, will be featuring a paper by Joseph Genetin-Pilawa, assistant professor of history and political science at Illinois College, at their American Indian Studies Seminar, co-sponsored by the Center for American History and Culture.

The seminar is on Wednesday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is located at The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street in Chicago.

Genetin-Pilawa’s paper, “The Federal City and Indigenous Space: Imaging and Imagining Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century Washington, D.C.,” examines the visual, symbolic and actual Native presence in 19th-century Washington, D.C., and seeks to reconstruct how indigenous people experience the Federal City.

“I argue that the very presence of Indians in the nation’s capital challenged colonial narratives - often expressed in art, architecture, and literature - that sought to cast Native people as savage, primitive and vanishing,” he said.


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