PubliCalendar: Cowlitz Authors Talk Indigenous Identity

Today's picks for civic nerds

By Atoosa Moinzadeh February 23, 2015

For Today

Cowlitz Authors Share Narratives on Native Identity

Authors Christine Dupres and Elissa Washuta are discussing their recently published books on Monday evening—both centered on exploring and affirming their narratives as Cowlitz, a southwestern Coast Salish indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. 

Dupres's Being Cowlitz: How One Tribe Renewed and Sustained Its Identity asks a critical question: "Without a recognized reservation or homeland, what keeps an Indian tribe together?" while Washuta's My Body Is a Book of Rules narrates her ascent into adulthood.

In light of a recent federal decision to grant land and casino rights to the Cowlitz Tribe in Southern Washington, their commentaries and works are both timely and central to an ongoing process of preserving indigenous identity, culture, and storytelling.  

Christine Dupres and Elissa Washuta, Mon, Feb 23, 7pm, Seattle Central Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave, Free

For Today (Extra)

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome

In the final installment of the five-part lecture series, University of Washington professor David Domke unpacks the events of 1965, where the public was faced with horrific images of civil rights marchers beaten in Alabama, followed by President Lyndon Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act.

The lecture series, entitled Marching to Selma: How MLK, LBJ, and the Civil Rights Movement Changed the World, aims to examine Dr. Martin Luther King's historic march, and break down each of the important movements that converged therein.

Marching In, On, and From Selma, 1965: We Shall Overcome, Mon, Feb 23, 7pm, UW Kane Hall Rm 130, 4069 Spokane Ln, $40

For Tomorrow

Women in Solar Energy Speak on Their Experiences

Not the first of women's groups known as "WISE" (see: Women in Science and Engineering), Women in Solar Energy is hosting a round table discussion at Fado Irish Pub in Pioneer Square at the tail end of happy hour (Feminism and beer? Ingenious!) The discussion, titled #NationWISE, is to be held in 15 cities on February 24 to discuss policies for recruiting and retaining women in solar and clean tech industry—which means that presumably tens of others around the nation will also be discussing the same thing, which is kind of neat. 

The discussion will feature WISE panelists, and towards the end attendees will be encouraged to participate. WISE cites that "according to The Solar Foundation's 2013 annual job census, the solar industry is generally diverse, but women and racial and ethnic minorities make up a smaller share of the solar workforce than in the overall U.S. economy." 

RSVP to get a spot at this great opportunity for Seattleites to merge progressive gender politics with green values.

Women in Solar Energy NationWISE Round Table, Tue, Feb 24, 6:30pm, Fado Irish Pub, 801 First Ave, Suggested donation $15 with RSVP

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