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Claremont Discourse presents Prof. Preston McBride

Claremont Discourse presents Prof. Preston McBride In-Person

Join us for Lessons from Canada: Investigating US Boarding Schools for Native Americans with Dr. Preston McBride, Assistant Professor of History, Pomona College.

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) concluded that Canada had committed “cultural genocide” in government-supported residential schools that aimed to forcibly assimilate First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples since the nineteenth century. McBride posits that the TRC’s finding of cultural genocide in Canada can inform our understanding of American Indian boarding schools in the U.S. given the similarities and connections between the two systems. Both countries founded their schools with the aim of achieving total assimilation, or cultural genocide; both created institutions that also killed great numbers of children, generally the healthiest demographic of any population. At the root of U.S. and Canadian Indigenous education project rests a genocidal truth: they may have committed all of the genocidal crimes enumerated in the United Nations Genocide Convention.

In this talk, McBride will explain some of the processes and outcomes of this institutionalized colonial violence and draw lessons for scholars of the American Indian boarding school experience from the Canadian TRC. As the U.S. Congress and Interior Departments grapple with these questions, conducting contemporary investigations of their own, they too could learn from the TRC. Finally, he concludes by explaining the limits of our knowledge of boarding schools in the United States and outlines potential next steps.

This lecture is free and open to TCC students, faculty, staff, and Library community card holders. Light refreshments will be provided.

Established in 1998, the Claremont Discourse lecture series is a forum for faculty at The Claremont Colleges to present current research, publications, and creative projects from a wide variety of disciplines. For more information or if you would like to suggest a topic for a future Claremont Discourse lecture, please reach out at discourse@claremont.edu

Kent Monkman (Cree), The Scream, 2017. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Kent Monkman (Cree), The Scream, 2017. By permission, Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, purchased with funds from Loren G. Lipson, MD, 2017.93. Image courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, September 22, 2022
4:15pm - 5:30pm
Time Zone:
Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
Founders Room
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