Virtual Lecture by Professor Susan Burch: "Institutional Racism: Remembering Struggle, Survival, and Resistance at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902-2015"

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January 19, 2022
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Research and Methodology, Public History

The University of Pittsburgh Health Humanities Lecture series is honored to welcome Professor Susan Burch, who will present a talk entitled "Institutional Racism:  Remembering Struggle, Survival, and Resistance at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, 1902-2015".

Over the course of the 20th century, the United States confined hundreds of adults and children from dozens of Native nations at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians, a federal psychiatric hospital in South Dakota, which was one of many places of imposed removal and confinement. These detentions were experienced not only by individuals, but also by their families. Their relationships extended within and beyond institutional walls and continue to endure to the present day. Professor Burch's research into these relationships draws on oral history interviews, correspondence, material objects, and archival sources that collectively reframe the histories of institutionalized people, the places that held them, and the kin who remember them. This virtual lecture is open to the public and will take place from 5:00 - 6:30pm EST. Registration is required and can be accessed through this link:

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Bridget Keown, University of Pittsburgh

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Keywords: Online Lecture