Fifth Annual Native Leaders Symposium: Identity and Health Through Food

Identity and Health through Food: The Fifth Annual Native Leaders Symposium

Friday, March 24th, 2017
Johnston Center in Graham Memorial Hall, Kresge Foundation Room

Organized by the First Nations Graduate Circle
Sponsored by: Gillings Global Gateway, Center for the Study of the American South, Student Congress, The Graduate School, Epidemiology Student Organization, Research Laboratories of Archaeology

Schedule of Events

Invitation-Only Morning Session

8:00-9:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am | Morning Welcome

  • Amy Hertel Locklear, Director of the American Indian Center, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • FNGC Co-Presidents, Aubrey Lauersdorf

9:15-10:30 am | Native Campus and Community Engagement at UNC

  • Randi Byrd, Community Engagement Coordinator and Healthy Native North Carolinians Project Director, American Indian Center, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Dr. C. Margaret Scarry, Director of the Research Laboratories of Archaeology, Professor of Anthropology, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Dr. Jillian DeGezelle, Department of Plant & Microbial Biology, NC State

10:30-10:40 am | Networking Break

10:40-12:00 pm | Community Leaders Panel

  • Vivette Jeffries-Logan
  • Philip Bell

12:30-1:15 pm | Catered Lunch

  • Facilitated by Dr. Carla Norwood

1:15-1:45 pm | Native Desserts Tasting and Cookbook Q&A

1:45-2:00 pm | Networking Break

Public Afternoon Session

2:00-2:45 pm | Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Steve Corbett, Senior Analyst, Kansas Health Institute:
    Nutrition and Health Among Native Americans

2:45-3:00 pm | Networking Break

3:00-3:45 pm | Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Melinda Maynor Lowery (Lumbee), Director of the Southern Oral History Program, Associate Professor of History, UNC – Chapel Hill:
    The Unexpected Ways of Lumbee Indian Food

3:45-4:00 pm | Thank you Reception

Fourth Annual Native Leaders Symposium: “Historical Trauma and Healing”

Historical Trauma and Healing: 2016 Native Leaders Symposium

Friday, April 1st, 2016
The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Sponsored by: First Nations Graduate Circle, The Graduate School
Co-sponsored by: The American Indian Center

Schedule of Events

8:00-9:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am | Morning Welcome

  • Steve Matson, Dean of The Graduate School & Professor of Biology, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • FNGC Co-Presidents, Aubrey Lauersdorf & Meredith McCoy

9:15-10:30 am | Emerging Scholars Panel

  • David Cranford, PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Marty Richardson (Haliwa-Saponi), PhD Candidate, Department of History, UNC – Chapel Hill
  • Kyle Mays (Black/Saginaw Chippewa), Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, UNC – Chapel Hill

10:30-10:45 am | Networking Break

10:45-12:30 pm | Community Leaders Panel

  • Reverend Mike Cummings (Lumbee)
  • Patty Grant-Edgemon (Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians), LCSW, CSAC
  • Greg Jacobs (Coharie)

12:30-1:30 pm | Invitational Lunch

  • If you would like to attend the invitational lunch, please contact Jennifer Olson at jennifer_olson@unc.edu.

1:30-1:45 pm | Afternoon Welcome

  • Sandra Hoeflich, Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Education, Fellowships, and Community, The Graduate School, UNC – Chapel Hill

1:45-2:30 pm | Sequoyah Fellows Alumni Speaker

  • Julie Reed (Cherokee), Assistant Professor, Department of History, The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

2:30-2:45 pm | Networking Break

2:45-4:00 pm | Keynote Speaker

  • Amanda Blackhorse (Diné), LCSW

4:00-5:00 pm | Thank you Reception

Representation and Empowerment in Indian Country: Third Annual Native Leaders Symposium

Save the date! 

Location:  The George Watts Hill Alumni Center

The symposium will give members of the Carolina community an opportunity to see firsthand how modern Indian Nations work, foster dialogue about current challenges and goals for Native communities, and give tribal leaders the opportunity to discuss issues and develop relationships with other Native leaders.  The panelists will discuss some contemporary and historical struggles that Indigenous peoples face in the U.S. concerning representation and empowerment.

Morning Session and Lunch requires RSVP   (If interested in attending the morning session, please email Jennifer Olson at jlolson@email.unc.edu)

9:00-10:00 am | Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:00 am | Morning Welcome

  • Brooke Bauer & Elizabeth Ellis, FNGC Co-Presidents
  • Steve Matson, Dean of The Graduate School & Professor of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill

10:15-11:00 am | Graduate Student Panel 1, Moderator Stanley Thayne, PhD Candidate,  Department of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Elizabeth Ellis (Peoria), PhD Candidate, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Caleb Hicks, PhD Candidate, Department of Linguistics, UNC-Chapel Hill

11:00-11:15 am | Coffee Break

11:15-12:00 pm | Graduate Student Panel 2, Moderator Ryan Comfort (Keweenaw Bay Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Academic Advisor, UNC-Chapel Hill

  • Brooke Bauer (Catawba Nation), PhD Candidate, Department of History, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Jami Powell (Osage Nation), PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill

12:00-1:00 pm| Lunch 

12:30-1:00 pm | Afternoon Registration   Open to the Public (No RSVP Required)

1:00-2:00 pm| Keynote Address & Discussion

  • Welcome & Introduction: 
    • Brooke Bauer and Liz Ellis, FNGC Co-Presidents
    • Chancellor Carol L. Folt, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Keynote:  Adrienne Keene (Cherokee Nation), Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow, Brown University, Department of Anthropology & Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America, blogger of Native Appropriations  .
    • “Learning to lead from behind a keyboard: Native representations and why they matter”
    • For Carolina Chronicle article about the symposium, click here.


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Photo courtesy of Matika Wilbur

2:00-2:20 pm | Networking Break

2:20-3:15 pm| Sequoyah Fellowship Alumni Panel

  • Introduction by Sandra Hoeflich, The Graduate School, Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Education, Fellowships, and Communication, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Rose Stremlau, Associate Professor, Department of History, UNC-Pembroke
    “Historicizing Empowerment: Recognizing American Indian Women’s Agency in the Past”
  • Courtney Lewis (Cherokee Nation), Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Institute for Southern Studies, USC-Columbia
    “Economic Empowerment in Indian Country: Building Economic Stability and Sovereign Strength with ‘Indianpreneurs’”

3:15-3:45 | North Carolina Native Leader Spotlight

  • Introduction by Jami Powell (Osage Nation), PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Kara Stewart (Sappony), Writer, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Reading Specialist, Sappony Tribal Council, Board for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education.
    “Passion and Perseverance in Leadership”

3:45 pm | Closing Remarks

  • Amy Locklear-Hertel (Lumbee/Coharie), Director, American Indian Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

The 2015 Native Leaders Symposium is sponsored by First Nations Graduate Circle and The Graduate School.

Evening Event

4:00-7:00pm | Dinner with NLS Participants (sponsored by the American Indian Center)