Reflections On Nationhood: Indigenous Self-Determination and Western Legal Contraints
Keynote Speaker: David E. Wilkins (Lumbee Nation)
McKnight Presidential Professor in American Indian Studies
Professor Wilkins is one of Indigenous America's foremost scholar activists. He is author of numerous articles and boos, including: American Indian Sovereignty and the U.S. Supreme Court: The Masking of Justice (University of Texas Press, 1997), The Legal Universe: Observations on the Foundations of American Law (Co-authored with Vine Deloria, Jr. Fulcrum Publishing Co., 2001), and his forthcoming Hollow Justice: Indigenous Claims Against the United States (Yale University Press). He is well-known for his application of critical legal theory to scrutinize the inherent contradictions in federal Indian policy. Wilkins has held several endowed visiting positions and fellowships at Standford, Dartmouth, Harvard, and other institutions, and also holds adjunct appointments in Law, Political Science, and American Studies at the University of Minnesota.
Professor Wilkins will open the thirteenth annual Virginia Indian Nations Summit on Higher Education.
Sponsored by: Virginia Tech's Office of the Provost, the University of Virginia Office of the Provost, American Indian Studies Program (Department of Sociology), College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Affairs, College of Engineering, College of Sciences, Pamplin College of Business, Graduate College, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Outreach and International Affairs, and Office of Alumni Affairs.