UW-Green Bay at UW System’s 2019 Conference on Teaching and Learning.

Despite another snowy April, this year a large cohort of faculty and staff from UW-Green Bay’s four campuses descended on Madison for the UW System’s Office for Professional and Instructional Development’s annual conference. This year theme explored “The Joys of Teaching and Learning: Intersecting Pedagogies and Identities.” In a refreshing break from the traditional, lecture-style keynote, this year’s two speakers gave their address as an intergenerational conversation. Dr. Rosalyn LaPier and Abaki Beck shared their knowledge and research on indigenous ways of knowing, particularly within their respective fields of ethnobotany, public health and food sovereignty. Among the many topics they explored, Dr. LaPier discussed changes to indigenous rights movements over last two decades. Her studies trace the influence of rematriation, particularly among women who (look at notes). Their conversation grappled with the rejection or subordination of indigenous approaches to science, health, and food sovereignty. The keynote necessarily provoked many in the audience to contemplate what epistemologies they privilege in classrooms and curricula, which resulted in a reflective discussion with the two speakers after lunch. Abaki Beck, who is currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at Washington University, shared her research on Blackfeet food sovereignty and encouraged all to attend the Oneida Nation’s Food Sovereignty Summit on September 23-26, 2019.