On Nov. 2-3, the Department of American Indian Studies is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its master’s program and the 20th anniversary of its doctorate program by hosting a collection of activities titled “Past, Present, Future.”
As the University of Arizona was the first university in the world to offer graduate degrees in American Indian Studies, these milestones are important within not only the department, but also the broader discipline.
The “Past, Present, Future” events will celebrate the impacts of the program’s alumni who are leaders in tribal governance, education, the arts, community development and beyond. Through a series of panels and roundtable discussions, alumni will highlight their work in Indian Country and in the department’s concentration areas, including education, literature, law and policy and natural resource management. The anniversary celebration will also look forward, bringing thought leaders together to explore the future of AIS as both an academic discipline and as a resource for Native communities.