Each spring, the College of Liberal Arts engages a speaker for the Distinguished Scholars presentation aimed at drawing attention to one or more of the disciplines within the liberal arts, to appeal to the general public and to faculty and students by illustrating high intellectual achievement. Programs are of general humanistic appeal with interdisciplinary topics. The speaker is asked to make one public presentation and one presentation to students.
Neepwaantiinki 'Partners in Learning' - the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University
April 19, 2023
2 p.m. | Kleymeyer Hall
Neepwaantiinki - partners in learning - is the Myaamia word used to describe the unique, reciprocal relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University. This partnership is expressed through a shared commitment to neepwaantiinki, learning from each other, which has played a key role in the Miami Tribe's language revitalization efforts and has led to the first generation in nearly 100 years learning to speak the Myaamia language.
Learn more about the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma at miamination.com.
About our presenter:
George Ironstrack has participated in Myaamia language renewal projects as both a student and a teacher since the mid-1990s.
Originally from Chicago, George, Tamise, and their children Kai, Mirin, and Jordi all make their home in Oxford, OH. George is a citizen of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and has assisted in the organization and administration of the Tribe’s Eewansaapita Summer Educational Experience since its inception in 2005.
George received an M.A. in Origins and History of the United States from the Department of History at Miami University. His graduate work centered on the Miami Indian village of Pickawillany, which was located in western Ohio near the city of Piqua.
George continues to regularly research and write about Myaamia history. Examples of his work can be found on the Myaamia Community History and Ecology Blog: Aacimotaatiiyankwi. As both a tribal educator and a former public school teacher, George is also interested in the study of indigenous pedagogical practices and specifically Myaamia Neepwaantiinki (Miami Education).
Kleymeyer Hall is located in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center, next to the McCutchan Art Gallery, on the west side of the campus.
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