Kops Freedom of the Press Conference 2022 – Land grabbed universities

Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 5:15 p.m.

Johnson Museum of Art, wing lecture hall

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

All in-person tickets for this event have been claimed. We encourage register with eCornell to broadcast the conversation in real time.

Land grabbed universities
Expropriated indigenous lands form the foundation of the university land-grant system.
Conference based on results published in High Country News

Tristan Ahtone and Robert Lee

Summary: The United States used nearly 11 million acres of Indigenous territory taken from nearly 250 tribes, bands and communities through more than 160 violently-backed land surrenders to kick off the university land-grant system in 1862. In 2020, the groundbreaking “Land-Grab Colleges” survey identified and mapped these connections for the first time, detailing how expropriated lands formed the basis of land-grant colleges across America. Two years after the story sent shockwaves through the US education system, questions remain about the debts universities owe to Indigenous communities, as well as the limits of restorative justice as access to current information remains a major obstacle to further research and reporting on the roots of inequality. in academia.

Tristan Ahton is a member of the Kiowa tribe and is an editor at Grist.

Robert Lee is Adjunct Professor of History and Fellow of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

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