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Author Discussion: Susan Birch “Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and Beyond Institutions”

April 27 @ 4:00 pm

Please join Susan Burch, director of the American Studies Program at Middlebury College, for a talk about her new book, Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and beyond Institutions (University of North Carolina Press, 2021). The book centers on peoples’ lived experiences inside and outside the Canton Asylum, a federal psychiatric institution created specifically to contain American Indians. After the talk, Dan Cobb of UNC’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program will give a brief response and moderate an open discussion.

Attendees of the talk will get a 40% discount on copies of the book ordered through UNC Press.

This event is co-sponsored by the Community Histories Workshop, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, and UNC Press.

Susan Burch is the author of Signs of Resistance: American Deaf Cultural History, 1900 to 1942 (2002) and coauthor, with Hannah Joyner, of Unspeakable: The Story of Junius Wilson (UNC Press, 2007). She also has edited numerous anthologies and an encyclopedia. She is serving as a visiting scholar with the UNC Community Histories Workshop, consulting on its history of the insane asylum movement and the emergence of modern psychiatry in North Carolina.






April 27
4:00 pm