UPDATE 4/6/20: Due to the campus’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the colloquium was changed to a virtual event, and the food sovereignty event has been postponed to a later date, TBD.
In March and April, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will host the “Our Shared Future” marker and two related events, part of a multi-year effort to educate the campus and the broader community on the Ho-Chunk Nation and the history it shares with the university.
Members of the CALS community are invited and encouraged to attend these events, which are free and open to the public.
The “Our Shared Future” marker was designed in collaboration with Ho-Chunk Nation leaders and dedicated in June of 2019. It recognizes UW–Madison land as the ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk, acknowledges the circumstances that led to the tribe’s forced removal, and honors the Ho-Chunk Nation’s history of resistance and resilience. The marker is seen as an important step for campus in furthering a respectful, collaborative relationship with the Ho-Chunk Nation. It is touring public locations around campus to help increase awareness and will return to its permanent home on Bascom Hill in 2021.
The marker and accompanying display will be placed in the lobby of Agricultural Hall on Friday, March 13, and remain there through Tuesday, April 7.
Colloquium: Karen Lincoln Michel
On Wednesday, March 25, 12-1 p.m.,
in the Ebling Auditorium of the Microbial Sciences Building, the Department of Life Sciences Communication will host a public colloquium with Karen Lincoln Michel, Ho-Chunk, on the topic of science communication, indigenous voices and diversity in the media. She has been a reporter, editor and publisher at publications such as Madison Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Green Bay Press-Gazette, La Crosse Tribune and The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is now president of the non-profit news company Indian Country Today and serves on the board of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She is also a past president of the Native American Journalists Association and UNITY: Journalists of Color. A reception will follow, approximately 1-2 p.m.
Food Sovereignty: A Community Event
On Wednesday, April 22, 5-7 p.m., At Teejop Hocira, 4724 Tradewinds Parkway in Madison, the Ho-Chunk Community Center, Earth Partnership, and CALS will host a community event focused on Food Sovereignty. More information, including how to register for this limited-space event, will be available at a later date.