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Transracial adoption

January 31, 2012

The forced placement of Indian children into white families between 1958 and 1967 as part of a program called the Indian Adoption Project was doomed to failure. Researcher Susan Harness will discuss how social pressure affected the identity formation of the adopted children.

Thursday, February 7
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Greyrock conference room

The Indian Adoption Project

Alumna Susan Harness, will give the lecture, "Bourdieu and child placement: Why the Indian Adoption Project didn't pan out."

The lecture throws light on her research on transracial and transnational Indian adoption. Join us for light refreshments and an afternoon of conversation with faculty, friends and fellow anthropology alumni.

Harness will examine American Indian transracial child placement within French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu’s theoretical framework of social space and capital acquisition and exchange, and how these social pressures affect identity at the intersection of race, history and hierarchy.

Susan Harness, a cultural anthropologist, was adopted by a white family during the Indian Adoption Project. More about Harness

Harness is a member of the Salish-Kootenai Confederated Tribes as well as an American Indian transracial adoptee. Her master’s research in cultural anthropology at Colorado State University examined issues and outcomes of American Indian transracial adoption.

Harness's thesis “After the Indian Adoption Project: A Search for Identity,” was published by Edwin Mellen Press in 2008, and is now titled Mixing Cultural Identities Through Transracial Adoption: Outcomes of the Indian Adoption Project (1958-1967).

Harness is currently a field director for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. She continues to research issues of American Indian transracial child placement.

Harness was recently interviewed on the radio show In Other Words (Montana Public Radio, MTPR.org), which aired this past December. The interview discussed many of the topics her presentation this Thursday will cover.

Harness is currently a field director for the Tri-Ethnic Center for Prevention Research at Colorado State University. She continues to research issues of American Indian transracial child placement.

For more information on Susan Devan Harness or her research, please visit her website.

Please RSVP

Please RSVP to Jaime King at Jaime.king@colostate.edu.

Sponsored by the Anthropology Department.


Contact: Jaime King
E-mail: jamie.king@colostate.edu
Phone: (9700 491-4635