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"New Voices in Indigenous Research,"

29 March 2004

ATTENTION: City desks, minority issues reporters

Contact: Dory Nason or Danika Medak-Saltzman
(510) 642-3228

"New Voices in Indigenous Research," a conference at the University of California, Berkeley, at which graduate student scholars from across North America and as far away as Australia will discuss their work on topics ranging from how racism affects physical health to representations of native people in films and documentaries.

"Indigenous scholars will present work and engage each other in dialogue, which is rarely possible with an audience of non-native scholars," said Danika Medak-Saltzman, co-chair of UC Berkeley's American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA), which is sponsoring this second annual conference.

Thursday and Friday, April 1- 2. Thursday's program runs from 8:30 a.m.- 9 p.m., and Friday's goes from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. each day.

Lipman Conference Room, 8th floor of Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley.

This unique, yearly AIGSA conference approaches indigenous studies from a global perspective. This year, native Pacific Islanders will present on topics as diverse as language revitalization, history, and media representations of native Hawaiian and Filipina women.

"The community alliance that we built is now being represented in the scholarship that we create together," said Dory Nason, who also co-chairs AIGSA. "What we do here as students at UC Berkeley connects scholarship to what happens in the everyday lives of Indians and other indigenous people."

AIGSA sponsors this conference every spring in conjunction with the American Indian Graduate Program, a UC Berkeley outreach effort that encourages Native American and Alaska Native students to enroll at UC Berkeley.

There is a fee of $50 for faculty and professional attendees, $25 for non-UC Berkeley graduate students and $10 for the public. Credentialed members of the media can attend without charge.