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Elizabeth Wilkinson

Associate Professor of English & Spring 2017 Director of Women's Studies Program
Degree
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Virginia Polytechnic and State University
B.A., M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University at University Park
At St. Thomas since 2008
Office
JRC 358
Hours
(Spring 2017) M/W 3:30-5:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5632
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Siyo! ("Hi" in Tsalagi) I moved here from North Carolina, where I had been studying Cherokee language, literature, and culture. Here, I'm tapping into and expanding my knowledge of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples--the indigenous nations of Minnesota. Along with Native American literatures from all over North America, I teach Women's Literature, and Sports Literature; more often than you might expect, these three overlap. My courses often cross-list with Women's Studies and with American Culture and Difference. Miigwitch! ("Thanks" in Anisinaabeg)

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - PW1 Native Lit and the Environment M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 212
CRN: 22172 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson This course will combine fiction and non-fiction texts that approach the idea of environment and environmental sustainability from a variety of Native American and Indigenous world views, with an emphasis on Minnesota Native nations. In addition to reading and writing about Native literature, this course will strive to connect students to Native American food and farming and the social-ecological systems in which the stories are embedded. If all goes as planned, we’ll be cooking some indigenous recipes and visiting Dream of Wild Health indigenous farming co-op. Texts that will likely make the reading list include Heid Erdrich’s cookbook ORIGINAL LOCAL: INDIGENOUS FOOD, STORIES, AND RECIPES FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST (and we may organize a visit and a cooking class by the author); BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, a non-fiction text by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Potawatomi woman who is also a biology professor; and the novel SOLAR STORMS by Linda Hogan, a story about four generations of women working to save ancestral land from dam development. Other possible texts include poetry from Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, and others; William Apess’s 1835 essay on the “…Unconstitutional Laws of Massachusetts Relative to the Mashpee Tribe”; and selections from Winona LaDuke’s ALL MY RELATIONS, David Treuer’s REZ LIFE, and Vine Deloria, Jr.’s GOD IS RED. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 202 - W01 Native Lit and the Environment M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 212
CRN: 22171 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson This course will combine fiction and non-fiction texts that approach the idea of environment and environmental sustainability from a variety of Native American and Indigenous world views, with an emphasis on Minnesota Native nations. In addition to reading and writing about Native literature, this course will strive to connect students to Native American food and farming and the social-ecological systems in which the stories are embedded. If all goes as planned, we’ll be cooking some indigenous recipes and visiting Dream of Wild Health indigenous farming co-op. Texts that will likely make the reading list include Heid Erdrich’s cookbook ORIGINAL LOCAL: INDIGENOUS FOOD, STORIES, AND RECIPES FROM THE UPPER MIDWEST (and we may organize a visit and a cooking class by the author); BRAIDING SWEETGRASS, a non-fiction text by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a Potawatomi woman who is also a biology professor; and the novel SOLAR STORMS by Linda Hogan, a story about four generations of women working to save ancestral land from dam development. Other possible texts include poetry from Leslie Marmon Silko, Joy Harjo, and others; William Apess’s 1835 essay on the “…Unconstitutional Laws of Massachusetts Relative to the Mashpee Tribe”; and selections from Winona LaDuke’s ALL MY RELATIONS, David Treuer’s REZ LIFE, and Vine Deloria, Jr.’s GOD IS RED. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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WMST 205 - L01 Found in Women's Studies M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 104
CRN: 20351 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson This multi-disciplinary course is designed to raise awareness of women's status and women's diversity; to critically examine disciplines and social practices through the lens of feminist theory; to recover past achievements of women and survey the work that women do now; to expand perspectives; and to provide a basis for critical evaluation of future learning. Available each semester on at least one consortial campus, usually offered at UST Spring semester. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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WMST 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23032 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

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Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W41 HNR Indians in Unexpctd Places M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 306
CRN: 42466 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Did you know that one of the first basketball teams to be declared World Champions was a group of Native American women in 1904? That the greatest Olympian of all time was from the Sac and Fox tribal nation? Did you know that some of the best blues musicians of the last 150 years were Native Americans? Did you know that the Twin Cities are a hotbed for Native spoken word poetry, hip-hop, visual art, and theater? Did you know that the Twin Cities are the starting point of one of the most influential political groups of the 1960s and ‘70s, AIM, and that spirt of political protest is alive and active today? Using Dr. Philip Deloria’s book, INDIANS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, as a jumping off point, this class will use literature by Native peoples to disrupt and complicate the existent “Indian” narrative at work in America. Books will address Native American peoples in sport, in music, in art and theater, and in political action. We’ll be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry and will be writing about the connections between the words on the page and our vibrant Ojibwe and Dakota nations here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 203 - W42 HNR Indians in Unexpctd Places M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 306
CRN: 42467 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Did you know that one of the first basketball teams to be declared World Champions was a group of Native American women in 1904? That the greatest Olympian of all time was from the Sac and Fox tribal nation? Did you know that some of the best blues musicians of the last 150 years were Native Americans? Did you know that the Twin Cities are a hotbed for Native spoken word poetry, hip-hop, visual art, and theater? Did you know that the Twin Cities are the starting point of one of the most influential political groups of the 1960s and ‘70s, AIM, and that spirt of political protest is alive and active today? Using Dr. Philip Deloria’s book, INDIANS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, as a jumping off point, this class will use literature by Native peoples to disrupt and complicate the existent “Indian” narrative at work in America. Books will address Native American peoples in sport, in music, in art and theater, and in political action. We’ll be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry and will be writing about the connections between the words on the page and our vibrant Ojibwe and Dakota nations here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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GENG 613 - 01 Feminisms in Thought & Action - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42458 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson 2.9 million marching for women’s rights and for human rights…. In the words of the 1960s rock band Buffalo Springfield, “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t exactly clear / There’s a man with a gun over there / Telling me I got to beware / We better stop, children; what’s that sound / Everybody look what’s going ‘round….” In a lot of ways, it does feel like we have landed squarely in a twilight zone that harkens back to the protests of the 1960s. But it’s not 1967; it’s 2017. What is happening here? That’s what this course will examine, currently and historically, through a Woman’s Studies lens. We’ll be using a combination of the text Reading Feminist Theory by Susan Archer Mann and articles available digitally via Ms. Magazine in the Classroom and our library edition of Bitch magazine. We’ll look at the intersectionality at work in the world and in our small corner of it. Our goal will be to write conference level papers that could be presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA) or the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference (FemRhet) or any of a number of other conferences that focus on feminist / womanist scholarship.

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