Decolonizing Science Communication: A Panel Exploring Indigenous Views on Science and Journalism

  • July 08, 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
  • Online via Zoom
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Indigenous peoples have diverse ecological and cultural histories that can stretch back thousands of years and offer rich opportunities to contribute to modern knowledge and storytelling.

However, white Western thought, values, and culture often dominate how both science and journalism are practiced today. The “decolonization” movement is working to address this disproportionate legacy in society and to return Native thought and understanding to spaces where they have been historically oppressed.

Join the Northwest Science Writers Association on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:30 p.m. PT for the first in a series of virtual panels focused on decolonizing science communication. At this introductory event, Native American journalists and a researcher who focuses on health disparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations will help us learn how to deconstruct the differences between Indigenous and Western world views and how each of those views shape science and journalism. Our discussion will include practical tips for incorporating this knowledge into science writing and reporting, as well as questions from the audience.

Our esteemed speakers include Tripp J Crouse, news director at KNBA, an Ojibwe journalist who is a descendent of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and Debra Utacia Krol, an environmental reporter for The Arizona Republic and member of the Xolon Salinan Tribe. The event moderator is Dr. Kelly Gonzales, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and an associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University whose research has looked at how racial and ethnic discrimination appears in healthcare settings.

This is event is free and open to all who work in journalism and science communication. Registration is required, but NSWA membership is not.

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