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Conversation Cafe "Of Mascots and Misinformation: The University of Illinois and Chief Illiniwek"

SpeakerAngela Walden (Cherokee)
Date Nov 22, 2013
Time 12:00 pm  
Location Diversity & Social Justice Education 703 S Wright St 2nd Floor
Sponsor FUNDED BY THE STUDENT CULTURAL PROGRAMMING FEE, Social Justice and Diversity Education
Contact Diversity & Social Justice Education
Phone 217-244-1814
Event type Other
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Originating Calendar Native American House

Despite the decades-long controversy surrounding the use of American Indian mascots, they remain a common sight on sporting fields across the United States. Despite the retirement of the the former mascot of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, the chief continues to be a presence on campus and in the surrounding community. In this Conversation Cafe: Of Mascots and Misinformation, we will explore how problematic media representations of Native Americans extend to American Indian mascots. Further, we will discuss a recent interview-based research project conducted with a sample of undergraduate students currently attending the Univerisity of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This study explored students' opinions of the chief and other American Indian mascots; findings highlight important disconnections between students' understandings of Native Americans as part of modern society and within-subject ambivalence related to the appropriateness of American Indian mascots.

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