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Renowned Maori scholar to speak at CSU

September 20, 2013

New Zealander Dr. Linda Smith will discuss innovative research methods, indigenous peoples during Oct. 3 talk.

Internationally renowned Maori scholar Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s presentation “Decolonizing Research Methodologies: Shared Communities and Practices” will critically examine Western research, indigenous knowledge, decolonizing methodologies and research for justice within indigenous communities during her Oct. 3 presentation at CSU.

Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor Maori at University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, is an expert on the Maori indigenous people and international lecturer on alternative research methods.

“She has done fascinating work on research methodology that is different from familiar Western research,” said Irene Vernon, head of CSU’s Department of Ethnic Studies. “Much of her work is community-based, participatory research, and the results have been very impressive.”

Groundbreaking book

Vernon, a Native American, called Smith’s book “Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples” a “must-read for all researchers, especially those working with indigenous peoples.” Smith, Vernon said, has done important research on the impacts of colonization and the importance of encouraging native peoples to move toward healing, mobilization and self-determination.

“There’s not enough attention paid to international indigenous scholars, so we are very fortunate to have her on our campus, Vernon said. “Students will find her tremendously engaging, and every researcher can learn from her.”

Event is Oct. 3 at LSC

Smith’s two-hour presentation begins at noon Oct. 3 and includes a book signing. The event, slated for Room 230 at the Lory Student Center, is free and open to the public.