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Dr La Vonne Cornell Swanson – Seminar Series for 2016

​​Faculty of Education – Towards a Socially Just Pedagogy SOTL@UJ Seminar Series for 2016

DATE: 21 JULY 2016
TIME: 12:30 – 14:00
VENUE: B Ring Room B310A
RSVP: Tebogo Mokgokong,

“For higher her education in the US to become more culturally responsive to Indigenous Peoples we need to understand how
the philosophies, values and customs of Indigenous Peoples differ from non-Indigenous cultures. Understanding these
differences in worldviews may give educational leaders a starting point for constructing intercultural encounters in higher
education” Cornel Pewewardy , Comanche-Kiowa, Professor of and Director of Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland, Oregon State University
This seminar is designed to share information about indigenous education programs and strategies that have been designed
by members of Wisconsin’s Sovereign Nations to transform our system of public primary, secondary and higher education
through a self- determined pedagogy. During the seminar you will learn about a select few historical movements that
precipitated the collective efforts to analyze policies, structures, and practices and to re-craft them from indigenous cultural
norms, priorities, ways of knowing and doing. Honoring the indigenous people that have been central to the development
and implementation of indigenous education programs will be highlighted.
La Vonne Cornell-Swanson is the Director of the Office of Professional and Instructional Development (OPID) for the
University of Wisconsin System. Dr. Cornell-Swanson has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, a PhD in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Cornell-Swanson has been actively engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) since 2004, with a research emphasis on creating safe classroom environments, addressing sensitive topic areas such as racism and white privilege, preparing students for ethnographic research and practice and the scholarship of leading.
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