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Wednesday, June 16 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Libraries and White Supremacy: Thoughts Around the Campfire (On Demand)

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Shortly after the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020, I came across the 1872 painting American Progress. In this painting, westward expansion is being led by a large floating white woman with a school book in one arm and telegraph wires in the other. The indigenous inhabitants of the west cower before this apparition. It is indeed a haunting image. In this paper, I explore the legacy of enlightenment constructs of civilized/savage in the operations of academic libraries and explore in the writings of Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, an indigenous alternative to knowledge preservation and transmission.

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Matthew Ostercamp

Library Director, North Park University

Wednesday June 16, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm CDT