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Laura C. Harris Series

selected reading for visiting lecturers

Current theme and speakers

Laura C. Harris Series 2021-2022

Imagining Together: Indigenous Activisms and Feminism

The Laura C. Harris Series theme for 2021-22, Imagining Together: Indigenous Activisms and Feminisms, seeks to deepen our knowledge and campus engagement with complex issues in indigeneity, indigenous feminisms, and indigenous-led approaches to solving pressing global and local problems, including Ohio indigenous histories. In announcing our theme we acknowledge that the land our own University exists on has long served as a site for the Adena, Hopewell, Potowatomi, Lenape, Shawanwa, and other peoples. As we explore issues of indigeneity locally and globally as a part of the LCH programming for 2021-2022, we honor and respect the diverse indigenous groups connected to this territory. Our framing of this theme is a part of our commitment to learning how to work in solidarities toward the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. 

Indigenous scholars and activists point to the gendered impacts of settler colonialism and genocide. These include gender-based and sexualized violence in the forcible displacement of Indigenous peoples from land and natural resources, distortions and deliberate destruction of social structures and kinship networks, and the demonizing and erasure of indigenous ways of knowing and being in the world. We also ask what an Indigenous approach to academia and academic learning could look like. How can we comprehend the historic and current role(s) of the sciences in the complex narratives of indigeneity, settlement, conquest, and empire? In what ways can the fine and performing arts help to illuminate questions of indigeneity, identity, and sovereignty? If scholars centered indigenous approaches in their disciplines, what different questions and methodologies would take form? Who defines indigeneity and how? What relationships and connections are there between racial justice work and decolonization efforts? What are the shapes and dynamics of transindigenous networking and politics?

Fall 2021

Kim TallBear, Sept. 27 & 28

Will Wilson, Oct. 27-30


Spring 2022

Maura Garcia and Ahyoka Youngdeer, Feb. 1-5

Red Sky Performance, March 30-April 2


Laura C. Harris Series - About

The late Dr. Laura C. Harris was a pioneer in the medical profession and the embodiment of the Denison ideal. A member of the Class of 1916 (earning the Ph.B., or Bachelor of Philosophy), Dr. Harris was the first woman ever to receive a medical degree from Syracuse University. She also did post-graduate study at the University of Pennsylvania before beginning her medical practice in New York in the 1920s.

A pioneer medical educator among women, she was appointed clinical professor of pediatrics at the State University of New York Medical Center at Syracuse.  Her teaching career spanned more than 30 years. In 1951, Dr. Harris was honored with a Denison Alumni Citation and in 1981 with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.  She died in 1987 at the age of 93.

The Laura C. Harris Endowment, the result of a major bequest from Dr. Harris’ estate, stands as a tribute to her memory, evidence of her clear commitment to women’s achievement and reinforcement of her belief in the importance of undergraduate education.  The objective of the Laura C. Harris Symposium is to enhance and promote the education of young women as students and as professionals and serve to promote the career opportunities and carry on the pioneering spirit of women students at Denison University.

Learn more about the Laura C. Harris Series and the Women's and Gender Studies program at Denison University by visiting the program's webpage

Denison Libraries, 100 W College, Granville, Ohio 43023
Phone: 740-587-6235, email:
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