2012 marks the 20th anniversary of "On Our Own Ground: The Collected Works of William Apess, a Pequot" (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992), edited by Amherst College Professor Barry O'Connell. Since the publication, Apess has emerged as "an intellectual beacon" (Robert Warrior, The People and the Word) for the 21st century, an indigenous intellectual and political visionary who is even now enabling scholars, students, tribal leaders and activists to envision strategies for revitalization, resistance and survival. Please join us in honoring the continuing legacy of William Apess during a daylong gathering at Amherst College, at a crossroads between his birthplace of Colrain, Mass., and his home community of Mashantucket Pequot.
This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College.
Robert Warrior (Osage), director of American Indian studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jean O'Brien (Anishinaabe), chair of American Indian studies, University of Minnesota
Ramona Peters, tribal historic preservation officer, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
with special address by Barry O'Connell, Amherst College