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Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with TEK

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Jul 16, 2013
Four Arrows

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to feature a free and open to the public educational seminar titled Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) as a part of the Fielding Educational Series Thursday, July 18thfrom 7:30pm – 9:00 pm  at the at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331.

The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change.

This thought-provoking presentation and interactive dialogue will consider seven dualities that often occur with how multiculturalism exists in Western societies from an Indigenous perspective. Four Arrows shows how Indigenous wisdom that has focused on good relationships with all animate and inanimate beings offers a holistic and balancing approach to authentic multicultural goals, especially as they relate to:
  • Cultural ignorance vs. cultural wisdom
  • Distrust vs. trust
  • Cultural hegemony vs. public good
  • Self-identity prejudice vs. diversity strength
  • Recognition demands vs. equity demands
  • Religion vs. spirituality
  • Rhetoric vs. reality
Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs, former dean of education at Oglala Lakota College and tenured associate professor at Northern Arizona University, is faculty in the School of Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University. Selected by AERO as one of 27 visionaries in education for the text, Turning Points, and recipient of the 2012 Mid-Day Star Award for his work with Canadian Aboriginals and the 2004 Moral Courage Award for his activism by the Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies, he has published numerous books, chapters and articles on critical/ anarchist education and wellness as viewed through the lens of Indigenous Wisdom. His work has been praised by such notable thinkers as Vine Deloria Jr., Noam Chomsky, Parker Palmer, Sunita Gandhi, Rachael Kessler, Chet Bowers and Henry Giroux. His most recent book, Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, was released by Peter Lang in April 2013.

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