February 13, 2020
As global climate change has become a reality of our modern world, Indigenous communities have been directly affected by the environmental, social, economic, and political consequences of our warming planet. These climate-related challenges have made clear the need for Indigenous-minded, sustainability-informed science education. The time is now for an approach to STEM learning that prioritizes Indigenous communities and their cultures.
So will argue scholar Gregory Cajete in an upcoming lecture at the University of New England Center for Global Humanities when he presents “Native Science: The Indigenous Mind Rising” on Monday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Innovation Hall at the UNE Portland Campus.
Cajete will explain how climate change is imperiling Indigenous lands, waters, natural resources, and cultural ways of life, while providing a blueprint for redesigning STEM education to ensure it is sustainability-informed and mindful of the challenges particular to Indigenous communities.
A Native American educator whose work honors the foundations of indigenous knowledge in education, Cajete is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He currently serves as director of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico. His scholarship includes seven books, 25 book chapters, numerous articles, and more than 275 national and international presentations. He has lectured across the United States, as well as in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Russia, Taiwan, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, England, France, and Germany.
This will be the fourth event of the Spring 2020 season for the Center for Global Humanities. It will be followed by five more between now and April 2020, including an encore presentation of Cajete’s lecture at the UNE Biddeford Campus on February 25. Lectures at the Center are always free, open to the public, and streamed live online. For more information, please visit: https://www.une.edu/calendar/2020/native-science-indigenous-mind-rising