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A group of students and faculty have been working to condemn the anonymous Canary Mission website and its blacklisting of students they have identified on the basis of their support for Palestinian rights.

A letter is circulating for faculty to sign onto, to oppose these tactics:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc_SsqroBqmkANYy1KsHobZ3DTdl9j4HjLNOnK3PDx9TNzMXA/viewform?c=0&w=1 .
The CM website slanders students who voice even mild support for Palestinian human rights, labeling them as extremist, anti-Semitic, and sympathetic to terrorism. The site has constructed a blacklist of nearly 500 students, and in just the past six weeks, they added 112 students. CM also harasses students through social media, sometimes sending out hourly tweets.

The group, organized and led by students facing attacks, surveyed a sample of 70 students from across the nation who have been targeted by the site. One-third of the students said Canary Mission is the number one result when their name is googled. Students described feeling “incredibly anxious” about graduate school applications due to CM, and concern about the responses of employers. CM has contacted 30 employers during what another student described as its “Twitter rampages.” Students worry that, due to CM blacklisting, their support for Palestinian rights could have unwarranted, far-reaching repercussions for school, work, housing, and travel.

They are building towards a media blast as part of our campaign and are hoping for a Sept. 19 launch. Please consider signing the letter.

Bibliography Among the Disciplines, a four-day international conference, will bring together scholarly professionals poised to address current problems pertaining to the study of textual artifacts that cross scholarly, pedagogical, professional, and curatorial domains. The conference will explore theories and methods common to the object-oriented disciplines, such as anthropology and archaeology, but new to bibliography. The program aims to promote focused cross-disciplinary exchange and future scholarly collaborations. Bibliography Among the Disciplines is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and organized by the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School. For more information and for individual session CFPs, please visit: rarebookschool.org/bibliography-conference-2017.

LASA2017 / Dialogues of Knowledge
XXXV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association April 29 – May 1, 2017, Lima, Peru
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú: PUCP The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional Association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 12,000 members, nearly 60 percent of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. https://lasa.international.pitt.edu/eng/congress/

SAR 2017-2018 Resident Scholar Fellowships Offered
The School for Advanced Research will begin accepting applications for 2017-2018 Resident Scholar fellowships on September 1, 2016

Nine-month Resident Scholar Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have completed their research and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, Latino/a Studies, and Native Studies and who need time to reflect, debate, and write. Fellowships are awarded annually by the School for Advanced Research (SAR) to five or six scholars who have completed their research and who need time to prepare manuscripts or dissertations on topics important to the understanding of humankind. Resident scholars may approach their research from the perspective of anthropology or from related fields such as history and sociology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

The tenure runs from 9/1/17 to 5/31/18 and includes a stipend and low-cost housing.

The deadline for application is November 7, 2015.

Founded in 1907, SAR is a residential center focused on the cultivation of innovative research in anthropology, broadly defined, as well as the work of Native American artists and writers. SAR offers residential fellowships to scholars and Native American artists through a competitive process. We host research seminars for scholars undertaking comparative, historically informed research that addresses critical issues of human social life. SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) stewards and makes available to scholars and artists one of the world’s finest collections of Native American art from the Southwest. SAR Press publishes path-breaking books in anthropology, archaeology, Indigenous studies, and Native American art. The Catherine McElvain Library provides access to a significant collection of anthropological works and archival material related to Santa Fe history.

For more information, please visit scholar.sarweb.org.



Carlisle Journeys: Celebrating the American Indian Sports Legacy
Friday, October 7- Saturday, October 8, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Billy Mills, 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist

This conference is the second in a series of biennial conferences and is an initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA. The CCHS houses the most complete collections for the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which was the first off-reservation government-funded boarding school for Native American Indians (1879-1918). The school was located at the Carlisle Barracks, and the buildings are protected on the National Register of Historic Places. The Carlisle Indian School left an indelible mark upon the sports that Indigenous Americans have played over the past century and a half. Like the school itself, Carlisle’s legendary athletic teams and rigorous training programs influenced the complex legacies that used sports as a kind of propaganda tool and at the same time modeled the success of the track and football teams for other off-reservation boarding schools.

The 2016 Carlisle Journeys conference will provide a forum for exploring these tensions and achievements of Native Americans in athletics. To that end, Sally Jenkins, author of The Real All Americans, will open the Friday series. Amanda Blackhorse (Navajo) and Ray Halbritter (Oneida), will speak on "American Indians' Imagery in Sports." Ben Nuvamsa (Hopi) in answer to the conference call for papers, will give a presentation on his relative, the great Hopi runner and Olympian, Lewis Tewanima. Billy Mills (Oglala Sioux), 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist and keynote speaker, will give a talk titled, "Footprints." John Bloom, author of To Show What an Indian Can Do, will share "A Critical Exploration of the Legacies of Sports at the Carlisle Indian School." Shoni Schimmel and Jude Schimmel (Confederated Tribes of Umatilla) will talk about women's professional basketball (pending their involvement in the WNBA championships which might overlap with the conference). Sid Jamieson will give a presentation on lacrosse, and the series will end with the showing of the film, "Crooked Arrows," with commentary by one of the producers, Neal Powless (Onondaga).

Tours of the Carlisle Indian School grounds will be available by appointment during the conference.

We look forward to broad participation by the local community, Dickinson College students and faculty, local high school sports programs, educators and Carlisle Barracks personnel. All events are free and open to the public, although registration is requested by visiting the website at http://www.carlislejourneys.org. Events will be held at the Cumberland County Historical Society, 21 N Pitt Street, Carlisle PA 17013 / First United Church of Christ, 20 N Pitt St, Carlisle PA and Dickinson College. For more information please visit the web page or call the CCHS at (717) 249-7610.