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IC professor to speak at Salisbury University


Illinois College Professor of History Joseph Genetin-Pilawa will be a guest speaker at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., on October 3, as part of the university’s Thomas E. Bellavance Honors Program.

Genetin-Pilawa will be the first lecturer in a series of lectures at Salisbury. His presentation is titled “The Indians’ Capital City: Native Histories of Washington, D.C.” People often do not associate Native Americans with urban history, but thousands of Native American leaders, diplomats and families visited the nation’s capital over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

In his lecture, Genetin-Pilawa will discuss the role of Leta Myers Smart, a member of the Omaha Nation, who in the 1950s forced the Architect of the Capitol to remove offensive statues from the cheek-blocks of the United States Capitol Building. Genetin-Pilawa says that Smart's story demonstrates how Native people have participated in reclaiming the landscape of the nation's capital.

Genetin-Pilawa is the author of Crooked Paths to Allotment: The Fight over Federal Indian Policy after the Civil War, as well as articles in the Journal of Women's History and Western Historical Quarterly.

In addition, he is authoring a series of posts for the New York Times blog, Disunion, commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War — his contributions will begin appearing in mid-October. Genetin-Pilawa is also the recipient of fellowships from the Newberry Library in Chicago, the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, the United States Capitol Historical Society, Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress.

The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in the Worcester Room on the second floor of the Commons Building on Salisbury University’s campus. For more information, contact Genetin-Pilawa at

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Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Ill. With an enrollment of about 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs and a Master of Arts in Education degree program. In 1932 the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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