Events throughout the Semester

CCBC Film Library

CCBC Librarian Debra Sambuco has compiled a comprehensive collection of free, open-access films for us to learn more about Native American history, culture, traditions, and struggles. Please visit this CCBC resource.

Student Showcase: Call for Submissions

We are looking for student work of any genre, in any discipline, created in response to studying The Truth about Stories by Thomas King to be featured on the CBC website and at a special presentation and reception at our Professional Development Conference in May 2021. Submit here!

Contact Professor Lauren Pollak

Did you know... about the Carlisle Industrial School?

Did you know... that in 1879 until 1918, approximately 10,000 Native American children from 140 tribes attended Carlisle Indian Industrial School which forced children to leave their families and to give up their cultures, customs, languages, spiritual beliefs, and even their names, which led to untold psychological damage to generations of Native people. Patricia Quintero-Hall, from the Office of Intercultural Engagement, will offer her presentation to classes throughout the semester.

Contact Dr. Patricia Quintero-Hall


Film Streaming: Warrior Women

February 18-March 4, 2021

Warrior Women (dir. Christina D. King & Elizabeth A. Castle, 2018, 64 minutes) is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, an American Indian Movement leader who fought for Native liberation. Members of the community will have access to stream this award-winning film between the dates of February 18-March 4.

To receive access, contact Dr Kim Jensen

Decolonizing Education: Indigenous and African Centered Education

Thursday, February 11, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m

Educator-activists Lawrence Grandpre, Dr. Tiffany Locklear, and Dr. Cassandra St. Vil will describe innovative educational projects that decolonize Eurocentric curriculum and pedagogy and center the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other students of color. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Justice and the Mellon Foundation Humanities for All Initiative.

Contact Dr. Nina Brown or Professor Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin

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Meeting ID: 850 9454 5918
Password: decolonize

“Indian 101” with Dr. Dennis Seymour (Eastern Band Cherokee)

Thursday, February 18, 12:45-2 p.m.

This presentation led by Dr. Dennis Seymour (Eastern Band Cherokee) dispels common myths about Natives, past and present. Dr. Seymour will share everything you wanted to know about Indians but were afraid to ask!

Contact Professor Lauren Pollak

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Meeting ID: 898 5983 6621
Password: Indian101

Why Tell Stories?

Tuesday, February 23, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Janice the Griot will discuss the origins of the historical role of the griot and her personal journey to becoming a professional griot. She will tell a variety of stories and discuss storytelling as an act of resistance and a way to preserve culture and memory.

Contact Professor Ingrid Sabio-McLaughlin

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Meeting ID: 876 3221 1505
Password: Griots2

Chapter Chats: The Truth about Stories

Wednesday, February 24, 10:10 a.m. and Thursday, February 25, 5:45 p.m.

Join us for an informal, engaging discussion of chapter one of The Truth about Stories. These chats will give students a chance to discuss the chapter with other students and faculty throughout the college community.

RSVP Professor Lauren Pollak, Dr. Kris Messer, Dr. Jamey Gallagher

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Meeting ID: 850 0220 4921
Password: chat


Music Presentation: Digawolf, Canadian Indigenous Music

Tuesday, March 2, 1:00 p.m.

Digawolf is a band led by Diga, a rock musician, visual artist, and cartoonist from Yellowknife, Canada. Join us for Q&A and a performance by the award-winning musician who will share insight into songwriting process, preservation of the Tlicho language, and ways of passing it on.

Contact Professor Elena Neunaber

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Meeting ID: 858 7622 2981
Password: music!

The Leonard Peltier Justice Project: Defense Attorney Kevin Sharp

Thursday, March 4,11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Leonard Peltier (Lakota-Chippewa) is an activist and artist who has been in federal prison since 1977 for the murder of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. Join Peltier’s attorney, former U.S. District Judge, Kevin Sharp for a Q & A and discussion of the context, controversies, and flaws in the case.

Contact Dr. Kim Jensen

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Meeting ID: 981 3798 1677
Password: write!

International Women’s Day Celebration with Spoken Word Artist Tanaya Winder (Duckwater Shoshone)

Monday, March 8, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Poet, spoken word artist, and educator Tanaya Winder will perform and lead a creative workshop for Women in Philanthropy at CCBC’s annual luncheon. Sponsored by the Creative Writing Forum, Community Book Connection, CCBC’s Women in Philanthropy, and First Financial Federal Credit Union.

Contact Tori Burns

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Meeting ID: 860 0484 9320
Password: CiVXW1

Student Debate: The Leonard Peltier Justice Project

Thursday, March 18, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join the Community Book Connection as two groups of CCBC student face off for a lively, informed debate on the case of the Lakota-Chippewa federal prisoner Leonard Peltier. Is he guilty? Did he get a fair trial? Should he be pardoned?

Contact: Dr. Kim Jensen

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Meeting ID: 981 3798 1677
Password: write!

Connecting to Storytelling through African American and Korean Traditions

Thursday, March 25, 11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Sharing stories from and about their families, Professor Precious Stone will connect griot traditions in West Africa to African American storytelling, and Professor Vicki Hong Smith will introduce Pansori, single-vocalist Korean epic storytelling.

Contact: or

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Meeting ID: 840 1933 0774
Password: UvX5Y3


Indigenous Perspectives on Environmental Justice

Friday, April 9, 12:20 p.m.

Author Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) will discuss her research from her book As Long as the Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock. She is the policy director and a senior research associate at the Center for World Indigenous Studies and teaches at California State University, San Marcos.

Contact Cristina Cardona

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Meeting ID: 819 0427 7383
Password: PBK9b2

Telling Our World into Being: A Student Storytelling Experience

Wednesday, April 14, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

In The Truth about Stories, Thomas King draws from Native tradition to offer a connected view of the world, where collaboration and cooperation are fundamental. Students will share stories about creating the world that they are making possible by “telling it into being.”

Contact Dr. Jamey Gallagher

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Meeting ID: 826 2220 6797
Password: Being

US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: Living Nations, Living Words

Thursday, April 15, 12:45-2:05 p.m.

Join US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo as she reads from her work and discusses her signature project, “Living Nations, Living Words, “featuring work by 47 Native Nations poets through an interactive ArcGIS Story Map and audio collection. Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, currently serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States. Co-hosted by the Creative Writing Forum and Community Book Connection.

Contact Carr Kizzier

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Meeting ID: 827 9065 5779
Password: USPoets

Ashley Minner (Lumbee): Stories of East Baltimore’s “Reservation”

Friday, April 16, 11:15 a.m.

Following WWII, thousands of Lumbee Indians moved from their tribal homeland in North Carolina to the Baltimore neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. Today, only two active American Indian community-owned sites remain. Community- based visual artist, UMBC professor, and folklorist Ashley Minner (Lumbee) will discuss her process of mapping and reconstructing East Baltimore’s “reservation.”

Contact Professor Lauren Pollak

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Meeting ID: 885 2184 9141
Password: Baltimore

Panel Discussion and Workshop: The Indigenous Peacemaking Initiative

Tuesday, April 20, 11:10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Join us for a moderated discussion and training on sustainable peacemaking practices with Hon. Connors, Judge, Washtenaw (MI) County Court, Hon. Demmert-Fairbanks (Tlingit-Tsimpshian), Tribal appellate justice and peacemaker; Hon. Robert Yazzie (Diné), and Brett Shelton (Oglala Lakota) Native American Rights Fund.

Contact Dr. Kim Jensen

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Meeting ID: 981 3798 1677
Password: write!

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