Stories from the Land Symposium


Taking place from March 7 through 9, 2019, the symposium explores diverse perspectives on the interrelationships between Indigenous humanities and the land.


$20 to register. Fee waived for college students enrolled in spring 2019, faculty and staff of Bethany College, staff of the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, panelists, and artists exhibiting in the Stories from the Land exhibition. You can pay $30 to register on the morning of the symposium.


Smoky Hill Museum

Smoky Hill Museum, Photo: Devirathod (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Artist discussion at the Smoky Hill Museum, 211. W. Iron Avenue, Salina, KS | link

Friday, March 8, 2019

8:30 – 9:30 am, Welcome Center Commons
Light breakfast snacks and coffee, mix and mingle for participants

Bethany College

Part of Bethany College campus. Photo: Swampyank (CC BY-SA 3.0)

9:30 – 10:30 am, Welcome Center Chapel
Blessing by Kelly Church
Keynote Address by America Meredith

10:30 – 11:00 am, Welcome Center Chapel
Chapel Presentation by Tony Tiger

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Panel 1: Art Embodying Culture
Moderator: Norman Akers (Osage), MFA, University of Kansas Art Department Director of Graduate Studies. Panelists: Jodi Webster (Ho-Chunk/Potawatomi), Anita Fields (Osage/Muscogee), Micah Wesley (Muscogee/Kiowa)

12:30 – 1:30 pm, Lindquist Hall Conference Room
Lunch for registered participants (student lunch in the campus cafeteria)

1:30 – 3:00 pm
Panel 2: The Environment
Panelists: Kelly Church (Odawa/Ojibwe/Potawatomi), National Heritage Fellow; Dr. Daniel Wildcat (Yuchee/Muscogee), co-director of the Haskell Environmental Studies Center; Alicia Harris, MA (Assiniboine), tentatively Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, director of Ecosphere Studies at the Land Institute, Salina, Kansas.

3:00 – 3:15 pm: brief break

3:15 – 4:45 pm
Panel 3, Forming Regional Groups
Moderator: Melissa Melero-Moose (Northern Paiute/Modoc), founder of the Great Basin Artists Group. Panelists: Chase Earles (Caddo), Tony Tiger (Muscogee/Seminole/), and Roy Boney (Cherokee Nation)

4:45 – 5:00 pm: brief break

5:00 – 8:00 pm
Stories from the Land gallery reception
Mingenback Art Gallery, Bethany College, 335 E. Swensson Street, Lindsborg, KS
In conjunction with Maker’s Street Art Walk

8:00 – 10:00 pm
Public reception for symposium participants, location TBA

Saturday, March 9

9:00 – 11:00 am, Mingenback Art Gallery | link
Breakfast plenary session summarizing Friday’s panels

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We are grateful for the support of Humanities Kansas in making this exhibition and symposium possible.

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