Graduate History Society Lecture by Dr. Farina King

Friday, March 29, 2019 - 2:00pm
Old Capitol Mall, Executive Board Room
201 S Clinton St
Iowa City, IA 52240

Farina King is an assistant professor of history and affiliate of the Cherokee and Indigenous Studies Department at Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and received her Ph.D. from Arizona, her M.A. in African History from the University of Wisconsin and a B.A. from Brigham Young University with a double major in History and French Studies.  Her first book, The Earth Memory Compass: Diné Landscapes and Education in the Twentieth Century (University of Kansas, 2018), explores indigenous ways of knowing and how modern modes of education have shaped identity and community. King's topic for the talk will be Finding Yourself in Academia: A Diné Historian's Experience, where she will discuss her journey as she has connected with her kin and diverse communities through higher education and historical studies of Diné learning experiences. While working through graduate history programs, learning to be an educator, and preparing her book The Earth Memory Compass, Farina delved into processes of self-discovery and autoethnography. When transitioning from a graduate student to a post-graduate scholar, she considered two particular lines of advice: "Be yourself" and "Don't be yourself." Farina will share her experiences, as a Diné historian and scholar, who faced and navigated these conflicting directions. She also looks forward to the intellectual exchange and dialogue with current graduate students and fellow learners.

Free and open to all.

Hosted by the UI Department of History with support from the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies