Upcoming Hybrid Courses

Summer 2018

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

Dates: May 20-June 1, 2018 on the campus of the University of Minnesota Morris

This two 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.)

Fall 2018 (One of the following courses will be offered)

Topics in Canadian History: Oral History

Daniel Sims, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
This course considers oral traditions as aspects of broader, culturally-defined systems of knowledge, in which stories are vehicles for encoding and transmitting knowledge about the people, their culture, and their history. It focuses on new academic and community-based approaches, as well as the complementarity of oral traditions/Indigenous knowledge and Western science. Students will explore the evolving roles of oral traditions for contemporary Indigenous peoples.

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.


Spring 2019

Native Strategies for Survival, 1880-1920

Kevin Whalen, University of Minnesota Morris
This course explores the events and policies that sought to eliminate American Indian communities and cultures and the strategies that American Indians developed to survive. Students gain insight into a pivotal time for the “incorporation” of the U.S. and ongoing tensions between unity and diversity that characterize the nation’s political economy and social structure. Of special interest are Native political voices, federal Indian education, and Indigenous migration and wage labor. Students will gain an understanding of the Euro-American and some Native American cultures in the late 19th and early 20th century and the role of material as well as cultural factors in shaping the interaction of the U.S. with native nations in a specific historical context. Students will also strengthen their abilities to analyze primary sources and evaluate historical arguments. Assessment of student progress will be based on primary source-based writing exercises, discussion, and a final paper.