window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Monday , August 19 2019
STEP 728
EP ELEC 2019 728×729
Khalid 728
Mountains 728
Soccer/Volleyball 728
Amy’s Astronomy
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
Lucha 728
Utep Football Generic 728
Home | News | NMSU hosts Native American legal expert’s talk on rights of indigenous peoples
Robert A. Williams, Jr., Regents professor and E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law, University of Arizona, will give a talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in NMSU's Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 125. Williams will discuss the legal history and major political developments leading to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

NMSU hosts Native American legal expert’s talk on rights of indigenous peoples

The Department of Government at New Mexico State University will host a leading expert in Native American law who will give a lecture on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in early April.

The lecture, titled “Why do we even need a United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?” will be held on Wednesday, April 3 at Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 125. The talk is free, open to the public and starts at at 7 p.m.

“NMSU has a number of students with a strong interest in pursuing law-related careers,” said Neil Harvey, professor and head of the Department of Government. “Robert A. Williams, Jr. is a leading scholar in the area of law and policy affecting indigenous peoples. We are fortunate to have him on campus to share his knowledge and interact with our students.”

As part of a full day of events, Williams, who is a member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe and a Regents professor of law and E. Thomas Sullivan Professor of Law and faculty co-chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona, will engage with students in government classes, have lunch with Native American students and meet with NMSU’s Model UN Team members in the afternoon before the evening’s community event.

“Exploring the legal history and major political developments leading to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, professor Williams draws on the tools of critical race practice and Native storytelling traditions to explain the forces, inspiration and urgency behind the global contemporary indigenous human rights movement of the 21st century,” Harvey said.

Williams is known for his book titled ‘Savage Anxieties’, which proposes a wide-ranging re-examination of the history of the Western world told from the perspective of civilization’s war on tribalism as a way of life. He is the author of the classic work on Indian rights under U.S. law, “The American Indian in Western Legal Thought,” which won the Gustavus Meyer human rights award. He is also known for his work defending tribal groups before the United Nations and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Co-sponsors of the public lecture along with the Department of Government are the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology, NMSU’s American Indian Program and the Conroy Honors College.

For more information, please contact Patricia Vargas at 575-646-4936 or pvargas@nmsu.edu

Author: Minerva Baumann – NMSU

About Guest Columnist

Guest Columnists are residents who feel so strongly about a news event, a story or some other issue, that they decided to put their thoughts to paper - or computer screens. Or they are writers who have made their work available via other channels and we feature their work here, with permission. If you'd like to submit a column, please contact us at news@epheraldpost.com

Check Also

After losing his wife in a mass shooting, he invited El Pasoans to her funeral. Hundreds showed up.

After a gunman took the life of Margie Reckard in a mass shooting at a …

Mountains 728
EP ELEC 2019 728×729
Bordertown Undergroun Show 728
Soccer/Volleyball 728
Khalid 728
STEP 728
Amy’s Astronomy
Utep Football Generic 728
Lucha 728