Human Rights Speaker: Andrew Jolivette, Tribal Historian for Atakapa-Ishak Nation

| November 19, 2012
Webster University Year of Interantional Human Rights

Jolivette is tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation and an expert on mixed race identity, LGBTQ communities and HIV/AIDs awareness.

Join the Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the University Center Sunnen Lounge for guest speaker Andrew Jolivette.

The MCISA welcomes Jolivette in honor of World AIDS Day and the Year of International Human Rights (YIHR) focusing on the rights of indigenous peoples and stateless persons. Professor Jolivette serves as the tribal historian for the Atakapa-Ishak Nation (located between southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas) and is an expert on mixed race identity, LGBTQ communities, and HIV/AIDs awareness.

His lecture, “Indian Blood: Mixed Race Identity, Indigenous People, and HIV/AIDS,” explores issues of inter-generational trauma, Native American cultural resilience, stress coping mechanisms, and identity politics within the context of public health disparities—ranging from mental health in urban environments to political activism, and the sacred role of two-spirit, same-gender loving indigenous populations throughout the United States.

Jolivette’s talk will draw from his recent research study at the Native American AIDS Project in San Francisco conducted in partnership with the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington.

In this talk, the audience will learn about ways to address best practices in health and wellness among indigenous populations. An indigenous-stressing coping model (Intergenerational Healing and Cultural Leadership Model) will be introduced to explore new ways to reduce rates of HIV/AIDS among Native American people who continue to fight for decolonization and sovereignty.

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
7 p.m., University Center Sunnen Lounge
175 Edgar Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63119

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