Columbus Day or Day of Indigenous Resistance: (De) Colonizing Universal Thought

Columbus Day or Day of Indigenous Resistance: (De) Colonizing Universal Thought

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Date and Time

  • Monday, October 12, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.


Maher Hall, Soloman Lecture Hall

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




This roundtable coversation will reflect on the significance of October 12, traditionally known as "Columbus Day" in the United States. For the Native and any other people of the Americas, the meaning of the day is problematic, as it reinforces a contested and fictitious narrative of the "discovery" of the American continent.

This panel brings together faculty across different departments from the College of Arts and Sciences to talk about the historical narratives of "discovery," "encounter," or even "cover the other," a phrase coined by the philosopher Enrique Dussel. In dicussing the (de) colonization processes, panelists will consider notion of modernity, development, and epistemological hierarchies in the construction of the West and the colonized other, as this day has not only shaped such categories, but it has also continued to raise controversy regarding what is acknowledged, celebrated and erased.


Michelle Jacob (Ethnic Studies)
Marcelle Maese-Cohen (English)
Antonieta Mercado (Communication Studies)
Leonora Simonovis-Brown (Languages, Cultures and Literatures)
Steve Tammelleo (Philosophy)
Karen Teel (Theology and Religious Studies)

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Serra Hall 201
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4598
Fax: (619) 260-5924

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