Valene L. Smith Museum of Anthropology

Collaborative Lecture Series

The Valene Smith Museum of Anthropology is committed to community partnerships and social justice. With funding from the 2021 CSU Governor's Award, the museum will collaborate with campus groups and organizations to provide free lectures in the 2021/2022 academic year.

Every Child Matters 

The museum proudly supports the Tribal Relations Office for this important lecture on the history of Residential Schools in Canada. Dr. Tricia Logan, (head of The Residential School of History and Dialogue Centre at the University of British Columbia) will do a talk via zoom from 2-3:30 pm on September 30th. On the history of Orange Shirt Day and Residential Schools in Canada.

On September 30th Canadians recognize Orange Shirt Day as a time to reflect and bring forth discussion about a devastating part of our shared colonial history: The Indian Residential School system. In the US these schools were called: Indian Boarding Schools. The schools were in operation for more than a century. From the 1860s through the 1990s. The expressed purpose of these schools was: “Kill the Indian; Save the Man.” Children were forcibly removed from their homes and sent far off for years at a time to disrupt families and cultural practices as a mechanism of forced assimilation. JOIN THE ZOOM LECTURE(opens in new window) Sept 30, 2 p.m. (PST)