Conversation on Courage Dinner Series, with Michele DominyWednesday, April 25, 2018 Arendt Center
Hosted by: The Hannah Arendt CenterThis event occurred on: Wed. April 25, 6 pm
Michele Dominy will discuss the ethics and cultural politics of her decision to provide testimony to New Zealand’s Waitangi Tribunal on behalf of a postsettler population, high-country farmers. She writes, “We need to recognize that there are a multiplicity of colonial and indigenous discourses which vary by segment of the population over time; there are not only two necessarily oppositional voices.” Her testimony sparked an expected firestorm of responses nationally and internationally, both in support and in opposition to her decision. This discussion will address both moral and intellectual courage in the face of your own convictions.
Michèle D. Dominy, professor of anthropology, began teaching at Bard in February 1981. She served as dean of Bard College from 2001 to 2015 and as vice president from 2006 until 2015. She received her A.B. degree with honors from Bryn Mawr College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. Professor Dominy's teaching interests include the anthropology of place, feminist anthropology, interpretive anthropology, the anthropology of religion, and the ethnography of communication. Her research areas include land, culture, and identity in settler societies; place attachment and sustainability in mountain lands; and empire and ecology. She has conducted long-term field research in the high country of New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of Calling the Station Home: Place and Identity in New Zealand’s High Country (2001) and articles and reviews in Signs, New Zealand Women’s Studies Journal, Pacific Studies, Anthropology Today, Gender and Society, Pacific Affairs, Landfall: A New Zealand Quarterly, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Forest and Conservation History, American Ethnologist, Anthropological Forum, Cultural Anthropology, Man, Landscape Review, Current Anthropology, Journal of Political Ecology, Ecumene, The Contemporary Pacific, and edited volumes and proceedings.