The Mission System: Enslavement, Incarceration, & Whitewashing

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 6:00PM

The Mission System: Enslavement, Incarceration, & Whitewashing
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Join California Historical Society for a night that explores the darkest parts of California's history from 1760-1860 relating to California's native population. Hear from four professors, authors, writers, as they present on topics connected to the mission era and then participate through an audience q&a session. Books by all three authors will be sold.

About our Speakers

Benjamin Madley is a historian of Native America, the United States, and colonialism in world history. Born in Redding, California, he spent much of his childhood in Karuk Country near the Oregon border where he became interested in the relationship between colonizers and indigenous peoples. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.St. from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. from Yale. He writes about American Indians as well as colonialism in Africa, Australia, and Europe. His book chapters have been published in four edited volumes and his eight articles have appeared in journals ranging from the American Historical Review to the Journal of Genocide Research. Yale University Press published his first book, An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe, 1846-1873. This book received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History, the Raphael Lemkin Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide, the Charles Redd Center Award for the Best Book on the American West, the California Book Awards Gold Medal for Californiana, and the Heyday Books History Award. It was also named a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice, an Indian Country Today Hot List book, and a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title. True West Magazine named Madley the Best New Western Author of 2016.

Michelle Lorimer is a historian and lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino, where she focuses on California, Native American history, and Museum Studies. She is the author of Resurrecting the Past: The California Mission Myth, which traces the marginalization of California Indians within mission history and critiques the romanticized narrative still presented today at many mission sites. Dr. Lorimer is also a member of the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition (CIHCC) and is currently working to create California Indian-vetted curriculum to replace the 4th grade mission project.

Andrés Reséndez grew up in Mexico City, where he received his B.A. in International Relations, briefly went into politics, and served as a consultant for historical soap operas (telenovelas). He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and at the University of California, Davis, where he currently is a history professor and departmental vice chair. He is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. His other books include A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca and Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800-1850.

Gregg Castro, [t'rowt'raahl Salinan/rumsien Ohlone], has been involved in the preservation of his cultural heritage for over two decades, for both his late Mother’s rumsien Ohlone heritage, and on his late Father’s side, on the old Salinan Nation Tribal Council (serving as Tribal Chair for a number of years) and currently the non-profit organization, Salinan T’rowt’raahl. He was an adviser and past Board member with the California Indian Storytelling Association (CISA). Gregg is a member of the Society for California Archaeology (SCA). He serves on SCA’s Native American Programs Committee (NAPC) as Chairperson. Gregg was formerly on the Archaeology Resources Committee (ARC) of the State Historical Resources Commission (SHRC). He is a co-founder of the California Indian History Curriculum Coalition, addressing severe deficiencies in the K-12 education process. Gregg is a writer and activist within the California indigenous community, on issues regarding cultural preservation, protection, education and traditional practices.

This event is a part of our exhibition program series for Alexander Hamilton: Treasures from the New-York Historical Society and Meanwhile out West: Colonizing California, 1769-1821 and generously supported by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.

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