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  Serving Time at The Mush Hole: Visual Testimony of R. G. Miller-Lahiaaks (Mohawk, Six Nations)

Oct. 24 – Dec. 9, 2013

The Tower Art Gallery at the College of Brockport is pleased to announce the opening of a visiting exhibition of original works by artist R. G. Miller-Lahiaaks (Mohawk, from Six Nations Territory). The artworks represent, in the words of Miller, “a combination of vague, mundane memories of years at the school, and flashes of horror experienced there. They are the strongest memories I could approach without descending into a place I would not be able to emerge from.”

The “Mush Hole” was the nickname of the Mohawk Institute Indian Residential School, located in Brantford, Ontario. It was one of over a hundred such institutions established by the Canadian government during 1870-1990, and run by various Christian Churches, with the stated aim of “killing the Indian inside the child.” Today, the legacy of these ‘schools’ is being investigated by a national truth and reconciliation commission, established by the Canadian government. Based on Anthropology Professor Neal Keating’s research on the Indian residential school system (including the Mush Hole), this system manifested many of the characteristics associated with genocide and gross crimes against humanity. This exhibit explores these through Miller’s art, which testifies to his experience as a student-inmate at the Mush Hole for 11 years, where he was subjected to physical, emotional, and sexual abuse at the hands of Church authorities.



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Professor Neal Keating participated in an Expert Meeting on peace sustainability at Columbia University on October 23, organized through the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity, part of the Earth Institute at Columbia. The expert meeting was convened to discuss and examine the design of a new approach to modeling sustainable peace systems at local to global scales, that makes use of non-linear systems of causality that are grounded in temporalities of historical memory, future expectations, and the current existence of conflict resolution mechanisms and peace-promoting practices.

Dr. Zinni's book project, “A Palimpsest of Place: Technologies of Memory, Landscape, and Folklife in Western New York,” has been selected by the University of Illinois Press for the 2015 Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World workshop, a collaborative publishing initiative of the University of Illinois Press, the University Press of Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin Press, in conjunction with the American Folklore Society and with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Dr. Zinni was honored in 2015 faculty/staff recognition program by Office of Special Disabilities (OSD) for assisting and contributing to our students with disabilities.

Dr. Ramsay published an article: Ramsay, J.H. and Eger, A. 2015. Analysis of Archaeobotanical Material from the Tupras Field project of the Kinet Höyük Excavations. Journal of Islamic Archaeology 2 (1): 35-50.

Dr. Feldman was recently on the Coy Barefoot Show (two 30-minute radio shows) in May and June 2015:
The Coy Barefoot Show, 107.5 FM (Charlottesville, VA), 2015 (two 30-minute shows on “Same Sex Marriage” and “Baltimore, the Police, and African Americans”).


Please join us for our annual Fall/Halloween party in C-3 Cooper Hall on Friday, October 30, from 4 to 6 pm! There will be food and candy!
Cemetery Walk: Thursday, October 29, at 6:30 at the High Street Cemetery in Brockport, organized by the museum interns.1