Translational Research and Institutional Responsibility: Owning Up to Historical Atrocities

Dr. Dean Saitta, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Denver, will be the keynote speaker for the Center for Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) 7th Annual Keynote Address.

All across the nation, colleges and universities are taking responsibility for controversial aspects of their institutional histories. The University of Denver is one such example. In its founding year, 1864, a massacre of peacefully camped Native Americans by a US military force at Sand Creek, Colorado, shook the nation and raised questions about the complicity of the university’s founder, Governor John Evans, in the atrocity. In 2014, an interdisciplinary group of scholars decisively established Governor Evans’s culpability for this event. In his speech, Dr. Saitta will discuss the challenges of the translational work that was then undertaken by the University of Denver, work that was aimed at acknowledging and redressing the injuries and inequalities engendered by the enduring legacy of the Sand Creek Massacre.

The address will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450B. Parking is available in the Vermont Street Parking Garage. A Q&A session and informal reception will follow the address. The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.