Upcoming Hybrid Courses

Fall 2018

Digital Workshop in Native American and Indigenous Studies

This course introduces students to digital humanities and curatorial practices in Native American and Indigenous Studies. Students will become familiar with the core debates about digital humanities and curatorial studies and use that knowledge to work with archival materials, to create new materials, and to curate a space for those materials. Students in this course will be able to work with UMM’s archival materials from the Morris Industrial School for Indians and/or to work with or create materials regarding Indigenous education in their campus’s region.

For information contact Professor Becca Gercken, University of Minnesota Morris.


Spring 2019

Métis Identity and History in Canada

Joseph Wiebe, University of Alberta, Augustana This course traces the history of Métis people from their beginnings in the seventeenth century. It focuses on the concept of ethnogenesis to explore thematic issues in Métis history. The course explores the various factors involved in the emergence of distinctive Métis cultural and political identities, why they developed where they did and not elsewhere, and therefore why they are set apart historically and politically from other various communities of people with mixed Indigenous and European descent. It further investigates the changing social and economic landscape of “mixed race” people within the broader racial ideologies in Canadian society during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Topics for examination include fur trade, migration, political activism, labour, religion, gender, family life, warfare, material culture and the relationship of Métis people to the Canadian state.

Summer 2019

Summer Field School: Indian Education Past and Present
Dr. Becca Gercken and Dr. Kevin Whalen, University of Minnesota Morris

Dates for online component: 20 - 26 May 2019.

Dates of on-site component in Minnesota: 27 May - 7 June 2019 on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris.

Open to all COPLAC students, this three credit course offers students the opportunity to study the history of Indian residential schools and their ongoing legacy in the United States and Canada. Students will use indigenous literature, film, and historical texts to gain a comparative understanding of residential schools in North America; they will then produce public resource materials on the Indian residential school experience. In addition to on-site work at what was once the Morris Industrial School for Indians, students will travel to the Sisseton-Wahpeton Reservation, near Lake Traverse, South Dakota, and to the White Earth Nation Reservation in Northern Minnesota, to learn about contemporary indigenous education. Program costs are $1771 and include:

  • Room and Board at the University of Minnesota-Morris, transportation from Minneapolis airport to Morris campus, and ground transportation to off campus sites.

Additional costs include:

  • Registration fees at your home campus for a summer course.
  • Incidental meals while travelling to Sisseton-Wahpeton and White Earth.
  • Roundtrip Airfare to Minneapolis (the program can provide limited financial assistance for airfare. Check with your campus faculty representative.)

Check out last year's Summer Field School!