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2015 IARC Speaker Series: Exploring Narrative

This 2015 Speaker Series was developed jointly by The Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and the Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts. Exploring Narrative, held in April and May of 2015, examined the multiple narratives present but not always revealed through research, writing, and exhibitions.

Please visit the listing of speakers and panel discussion topics at Exploring Narrative Flyer. or watch the videos of the events on YouTube. com at the links below.

March 19, 2015
Uncovering/Recovering History
Panel: Joseph "Woody" Aguilar, PhD candidate, University of Pennsylvania; Diane Reyna, filmmaker;
Brian Vallo, interim IARC director, School for Advanced Research
Moderator: Bruce Bernstein, PhD., executive director, Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts
As narratives become increasingly nuanced and more complex, this panel discussion seeks to examine how new histories are being uncovered and revealed through research, storytelling, and community.
1. Uncovering/Recovering History, Part One
2. Uncovering/Recovering History, Part Two

April 8, 2015
Lecture: The Makah Cultural and Research Center: A History of Makah Designed Objectives
Janine Ledford, director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center
1. Ledford Lecture

April 9, 2015
Cultural Centers and Inclusive Narratives
Panel: Janine Ledford, Director, Makah Cultural and Resource Center
Manny Wheeler, Director, Navajo Nation Museum
Travis Zimmerman, Site Manager, Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
Moderator: Amy Lonetree, PhD., Associate Professor of History, UC Santa Cruz
1. Ledford lecture, Part One
2. Panel discussion, Part Two

May 6, 2015
Keynote Lecture: Westward Stories: New Models of Interpretation and Museum Building
W. Richard West, Jr. president and CEO, Autry National Center of the American West
The Autry National Center of the American West envisions itself as a "third wave" institution of cultural interpretation. With both colonial and anti-colonial approaches to narrative as backdrop, the Autry assumes, uses, and affirms the presence of distinct interpretive voices from both inside and outside the museum. But it also takes a critical additional step: the Autry sweeps horizontally across the stories of the American West to interweave and interconnect the multiple threads of cultural experience and history -- in the end, the "multi-cultural" becomes the "inter-cultural" and in doing so creates a more integrated narrative that makes all stories of the American West, past and present, more whole.
1. Richard West, Westward Stories lecture
2. Richard West, Westward Stories lecture, question and answer session