The Initiative on Native and Indigenous Peoples is a partnership between the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP). The joint effort focuses on the 2015–2016 academic year, although programming began earlier and will continue after. Through lectures, conferences, exhibitions, performances, fellowships, seminars, and archival research, the initiative explores the acquisition and expression of political power by native and indigenous peoples.
Politics must be not only voted on, but also performed through argumentation, organization, mobilization, networking, nation building, defending rights and resources, and upholding traditions. This unique partnership provides faculty and students—along with the public—opportunities with which to gain a greater understanding of these important modes of expression through historical and contemporary study, as well as to consider possibilities for the future.
The initiative involves Radcliffe’s three programs—Academic Ventures, the Fellowship Program, and the Schlesinger Library—HUNAP, and other units and schools across Harvard and beyond.