ASU Project Humanities Hosts Second Annual Cultural Appropriation Symposium for High School Students

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Neal A. Lester, PhD, Founding Director of Project Humanities, Foundation Professor of English, Arizona State University

Please share this announcement with your respective colleagues and with your most engaged and curious high school juniors and seniors. This is a very necessary and timely critical conversation. From Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, and hip hop to Indigenous mascots, blackface, and hairstyles, we’ll cover the gamut of cultural appropriation, ultimately distinguishing between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.

Free all-day event with food, water, and snacks provided

“Cultural appropriation” describes the taking of creative or artistic forms, themes, or practices by one cultural group from another; generally Western appropriations of nonWestern or nonwhite form. The act of cultural appropriation connotes cultural exploitation and dominance (Oxford). More broadly, cultural appropriation is the taking of intellectual property, cultural expressions, or artifacts, history and ways of knowledge from a culture that is not one’s own (Ziff). The goal of this symposium  is to expand awareness of issues relevant to all communities by providing a space for scholarly and community dialogue. We will explore the various forms of cultural appropriation and cultural literacy and buffoonery while offering historical perspectives and explore the sociopolitical and cultural ramifications of these acts and behaviors. Conversations will be facilitated through the lens of race, gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, etc. to demonstrate the complexities and perils of cultural appropriation as it relates to personal and national identities. We will further demonstrate the value and necessity of cultivating positive communications, inclusive language, advocacy, self-awareness, and cultural competency.

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