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Panel Discussion: Native American Women in Academia Mar. 2

Story posted February 27, 2012

Bowdoin College will host a panel discussion on Native American women in academia from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, in Room 109 (Woodruff Room), Sills Hall. The event is open to the public free of charge.


The discussion will both celebrate the contributions of Native American women in academia and provide an opportunity for students to consider the advantages of differing perspectives within traditional disciplines.

As Bowdoin celebrates 40 years of coeducation at the College, the role of women's voices in the academy has become a point of reflection. For Native American women pursuing higher education, the journey may include many challenges.

However, as the panelists will attest through their own research and experiences, their perspectives and scholarship have much to contribute to the academy.

The panel discussion will include four Native American women who have recently earned doctorates in their respective fields:


Left to right: Dana-Sacco, Fayard, Parker, Vigil

Gail Dana-Sacco (Passamaquoddy), now at the University of New England, earned her degree in health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University; Kelly Fayard (Poarch Band of Creek), an assistant professor of anthropology at Bowdoin, earned a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Michigan; Angela Parker (Mandan, Hidatsa, Cree), who was awarded her doctorate in history at the University of Michigan, specializes in Native American studies and history at Dartmouth College; and Kiara Vigil (Apache, Dakota), who teaches in the American Studies Program at Williams College, earned her doctorate in American studies at the University of Michigan in American Culture.

The panel event is part of the Wabanaki-Bates-Bowdoin-Colby Collaborative, which works to bring greater awareness of Native American issues and culture, and particularly those relevant to the tribal communities in Maine, to the three college communities.

For more information, contact Leslie Shaw at lshaw@bowdoin.edu.

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