Happy new year, AISC community!
Our director, Shannon Speed, is on sabbatical until July, and it is truly an honor to serve as interim director of the AISC while she focuses on research and writing. Since 2019, I have served as the Center’s associate director, and have been hon the faculty advisory board since I started at UCLA in 2016. My own research and community work are with speakers and learners of Southern Tiwa, an Indigenous language spoken in New Mexico and Texas, and I teach in the Anthropology Department as well as in the American Indian Studies Program Interdepartmental Program. I serve as co-director (with Dr. Mishuana Goeman) of the California Native Hubs Project, an NEH-funded project to train area tribes and cultural heritage keepers on the Mukurtu digital archiving platform. During my time as interim director, one of my goals is to enhance the Center’s support of community language programs, so look out for upcoming events that focus on Indigenous language activism and reclamation
But enough with introductions when there is so much happening at the AISC! I’m happy to say that 2022 promises to be another exciting year at the Center, and we are busy with grants, hosting visiting scholars, and growing our library collections. For now, we are continuing to hold our many events online. While we miss being able to gather in person, the ability to include members of our extended community at talks, readings, workshops, and performances using Zoom has been a silver lining of the pandemic, and we look forward to seeing what our amazing events coordinator, Pamela J. Peters has planned for the upcoming months (see below for details). When it’s possible to return to campus, please stop by and say hello at Shannon’s office on Fridays or make an appointment for another time. I'm looking forward to (re)connecting with you all in 2022!
Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, UCLA Anthropology
Interim Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center