The First Annual Native American Symposium
Friday October 23, 2015, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Roosevelt Hall – Little Theater
The Social Science Research Institute of Farmingdale State College held the First
Annual Native American Symposium on Friday October 23, 2015.
This symposium was the first social justice activity of SSRI’s 2015-2016 academic year sponsored by our Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant, received from SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. (Our program sponsored by this grant was the second annual Social Justice/Diversity Summit occurred on Saturday April 23, 2016.)
We planned an exciting morning with renowned Native American experts. The Intertribal panel was followed by the screening of a film “Shinnecock,” a historical perspective of Long Island’s Native Americans. As the filmmaker has stated so poignantly, and a sentiment underscored by the Social Science Research Institute, “No group can afford to be marginalized.” Each diverse group contributes resources that must be cherished and honored.
Following the film there was an extensive Q&A and discussion session.
This event provided us with “the history you didn’t know you didn’t know.” .