The Native Science Speaker Series—sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Diversity in Geosciences Project and the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum (AICCM)—continues March 22 with Dr. Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert, who will discuss “Promoting Academic Achievement among Native Students: Integration of Western Science with Traditional Knowledge (Ways of Knowing)” at 6 p.m. at the National Weather Center Auditorium, 120 David L. Boren Boulevard, in Norman, Oklahoma.
According to the AICCM press release, Gilbert is an education professor at Northern Arizona University who specializes in curriculum and instruction, American Indian education and bilingual/multicultural education. “His research and scholarly work focuses on how Indigenous knowledge ‘ways of knowing’ has contributed to Native student’s academic achievement in the discipline of science education,” the release explained.
On April 21, Dr. Steven Semken will discuss “Place is Where We Learn from Earth and Sky” at 3:30 p.m. at the Sarkeys Energy Center A235, 100 East Boyd Street, in Norman, Oklahoma. According to the release, Semken is an ethnogeologist and geoscience education researcher in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University. “His research focuses on ways that scientific inquiry and teaching of Earth system sciences interact with indigenous and local knowledge, sense of place, and the affective domain,” the release said.
The Native Science Speaker Series concludes with James Rattling Leaf Sr., who will discuss “Utilizing a Lakota Worldview to Develop Science and Cultural Leadership for a New Generation” April 28 at 6 p.m. at the National Weather Center Auditorium. Rattling Leaf works with the University of Colorado, Boulder-based Consortium for Capacity Building, as a cross-cultural consultant. According to the release, “he specializes in developing programs that utilize the interface between Native traditional ecological knowledge and earth system science.”
All events are free and open to the public. For disabled accommodations, contact Heather Ahtone at (405) 325-8560.