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Reckoning & Reconciliation in Education

In-person conference

9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Nebraska Union
1400 R St
Lincoln NE 68508
Additional Info: NU
Katie Nieland, (402) 472-3965,
A one-day, in-person conference addressing reconciliation efforts in education

This combination of keynote presentations, panels, and workshops explores how education can promote a greater reckoning with the Great Plains’ complex history and build new relationships based on respect and dignity for all. This conference will cover topics from the historical trauma of Indian boarding schools to current efforts to diversify the teaching force and institute more representative and inclusive curricula.

This event is in-person, free for all, and open to the public, but registration is required. Lunch and closing reception are provided.

Special presentations involving reconciliation in education with keynotes by:

Dr. Mirelsie Velázquez, an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the Rainbolt Family Endowed Education Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma. Title: “En el centro también vivimos: Latina/o/x Histories, Memory, and Community Building Beyond the Coasts”

Samuel B. Torres and Stephen R. Curley from the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. Title: “The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition’s Work for Transformative Justice”

This conference is part of a year-long series dedicated to exploring how residents of the Great Plains can best reckon with the violence, conflict, and abuse that has occurred in our region and move toward healing, justice, and reconciliation.

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This event originated in Center for Great Plains Studies.