Hidden Truths: "Decolonizing Sowams: Resisting the Erasure of Indigenous Lives in the East Bay of Rhode Island"

Virtual presentation

Jeremy Campbell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, will explore the history and present of the Pokanoket Nation, the original inhabitants of Bristol, with a special focus on how the Pokanoket have recently sought to challenge their erasure from the history of the region. At once a story of colonization and survival, the Pokanoket have endured dispossession, enslavement, marginalization, and misclassification at the hands of the dominant society.

A new yearlong series at Roger Williams University, “Hidden Truths: Stories of Race and Place,” will present important conversations on the marginalized stories of our local area, and its complicated history with Indigenous peoples, the slave trade, environmental justice and immigration, and how these issues surface as present day disparities and systemic racial inequities. Faculty members and alumni will present lectures across wide-ranging, interdisciplinary fields of expertise throughout the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.

All lectures will be offered as virtual presentations, with time provided for questions and answers.

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For more information about the series and to see more events, read "RWU Presents a Year-Long Series: "Hidden truths: Stories of Race and Place."