sym posium keynote lectures



sym posium keynote lectures
Dr. Sussan Babaie
PhD, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
Professor of Art History, University of Michigan
Dr. Monk graduated from Columbia University with a B.A and M.Arch, and completed his doctorate at
Princeton University in 1995. He was appointed as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow at the Institute of
War and Peace Studies at Columbia University from 1995-1996 and has served as the Director of the
Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is the author of
and recently co-edited a book with Mike Davis called Evil
Paradises: Dreamworlds of Neoliberalism. His expertise includes Israeli and Palestinian politics and
history as well as urban issues and critical geopolitics. Currently, Dr. Monk is a Woodrow Wilson
Center Fellow, working on “'Traces of Aggression': Mutual Recrimination and the Elaboration of
Closing Keynote Lecture
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Israel
Visiting Fellow, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan
Orientalism and post-colonialism. She holds a Ph.D. and an S.M.Arch.S from MIT, a B.Arch cum laude
from the Technion, and was recently the Mary Davis and the Kress Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center
for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery. She was a Lady Davis Fellow
at the Technion, and received grants from the trusts of Arthur Goldreich (Bezalel),William Sandberg
(Israel Museum), and the Aga Khan Program (MIT and Harvard). Her publications have appeared in
Architectural History,
, Harvard Design Magazine, Jama’a, and
as well as
in edited volumes such as Nezar Alsayyad’s
. She is currently working on
“Israelizing Jerusalem: the Politics of Architecture and Beauty in a Contested City”
Dr. Stephen Fai
PhD, University of Ottawa
Professor of Architecture, Carleton University, Ottawa
Director of Graduate Studies
(Acting) Director, CIMS Lab (Carleton Immersive Media Studio)
Dr. Stephen Fai is a professor of architecture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Holding initial
degrees in architecture and religion (B.Arch and MA), Dr. Fai completed his dissertation in Classics and
Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Fai's work has focused on Early Christian
Architecture and the Body-Temple Metaphor in religious architecture. His scholarly interests include
the history and theory of architecture and architecture and religion, as well as architectural
representation and applied research through digital and immersive media technologies.
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Dr. Daniel Bertrand Monk
PhD. Princeton University
architecture and the courtly arts, as well as urbanization, the interface between image and text and
modern constructs of 'otherness' in the Islamic visual arts. She has served as the co-curator for the
exhibit "Persian Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art," and was the co-author of the exhibit
catalogue. She is currently working on a forthcoming manuscript entitled "Feasting in the City of
Paradise: Isfahan and its Palaces."
Dr. Helaine Silverman
Phd, University of Texas at Austin
Professor of Anthropology, University of Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
Co-Director, CHAMP (Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices)
Dr. Silverman is the co-director, with Prof. Ruggles, of the UIUC’s Cultural Heritage and Museum
Practices. Dr. Silverman’s expertise and areas of research interest include Central Andean archaeology,
complex societies, archaeology and popular culture, globalization, nationalism, identity, heritage
management, tourism, museums, spatial theory, architectural history and landscape history. She is also
work co-editing (with William H. Isbell, SUNY-Binghamton) the Handbook of South American
Dr. Marilyn J. Chiat
PhD, University of Minnesota
Dr. Chiat has taught at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern
Studies. She has lectured extensively on religious art and architecture and has articles on religious
architecture published in numerous journals including
Society of Architectural Historians,
, Faith and Form, as well as chapters in
several books and encyclopedias. She is the author of several books on sacred art and architecture; her
, published by Paulist Press and North
latest publications are
American Churches: Chapels to Cathedrals, published by Publications International.
Ritual Movement: Sacred Space and the Buddhist Worldview
M.Arch, University of Minnesota
Zen Buddhism since 1994, and he will be ordained as a Zen priest in May of this year. He is currently
the Temple Practice Coordinator at Clouds in Water Zen Center and the Chair of the Board of
Directors at Hokyoji Zen Practice Community. He is currently working on the master plan for the
Hokyoji Zen practice center on 100 acres in rural southeastern Minnesota.
Sacred Lands and Cultural Continuity
Chief Arvol Looking Horse
Tribal Unity and Cultural Renewal
Albert Marshall
Mi’kmaq First Nations Elders Council (Cape Breton, Canada)
Arvol Looking Horse was born on the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. He was called to be the
Albert Marshall is from the Mi’kmaq First Nation community of Eskasoni in Nova Scotia. Albert and
his wife Murdena Marshall have been leaders in the movement to bring elder knowledge to bear on all
of 12, the youngest in history. He has used that position to raise the awareness of his peoples' spiritual practices,
the environment, and to bring about understanding between people and spiritual traditions throughout the world.
He has been honored by the United Nations for his work promoting international understanding. Other awards
include the Juliet Hollister award and the Canadian Wolf Award. He has devoted his life to "work for change and
let the world know how beautiful our way of life is, so the seventh generation can have a better future."
program to Cape Breton University, where elders help direct the ways in which science is taught,
research is conducted, and our world is understood. Albert has been an activist in raising awareness of
our spiritual links with the rest of the natural world. His awareness campaign has taken him on a
campaign throughout Europe to bring a halt to the spraying of the forests near his community by a
multinational corporation. He has traveled to many parts of the world to promote the rights and
cultural of indigenous people.
John Huber
Mayor, Mendota Heights
John Huber is the Mayor of Mendota Heights, Minnesota who helped initiate the preservation of Oheyawahi or
development pressures. In 2004 a private developer had plans to build high-density housing on approximately 27
acres of the historic hill. Following strong objections from Dakota Indian communities, hundreds of area residents
joined historic Native American, religious, and environmental organizations in urging further study of the site and
Public Land, and the Pilot Knob Preservation Association.
Erick Kardaal
Attorney, Mohrman and Kardaal
acting as the attorney representing members of the Minnesota Mdewakanton Dakota Oyate in Wolfchild et al
United States for monetary damages for trust mismanagement dating back to the late 1800’s, and an injunction
halting further mismanagement. Mr. Kaardal was born in Redwood Falls, Minnesota. He has been recognized by
the Institute for Justice for an Outstanding Contribution to the Cause of Liberty. Mr. Kaardal is also founder of
and general counsel for
Jim Anderson
Cultural Chair, Mdewakanton: MendotaDakota Community
Jim Andersen is a member of the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community. In the Late 1990’s his
organization and leadership were instrumental in halting the State’s plans to build highway 55 over the site of
went ahead, but some of the sacred site, including the spring itself, was saved. Jim Andersen continues to be
Bruce White
Bruce White has a PhD in historical anthropology from the University of Minnesota and an MA in
history from McGill University in Montreal. Bruce White's specialty is the early history of native
peoples and of white settlement in the Great Lakes region. Much of his work relates to the period of
history where migrant European cultures and indigenous cultures came together in this part of the
world. He has a particular interest in how histories are constructed and recorded. He has published
articles in a number of journals, magazines, and books, including the Minnesota Historical Society's
magazine Minnesota History. His 1994 testimony in the U.S. v. Mille Lacs, an Indian treaty rights case,
was cited extensively by U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in majority opinion in that
Chris Leith
Prairie Island Dakota Community, Medicine Bundle Keeper
Chris Leith is a Dakota medicine bundle keeper and spiritual leader from the Prairie Island Dakota. He
has been a Sun Dance chief for more than thirty years. In 2003 he was a source of important information
for the successful nomination of Oheyawahi, or Pilot Knob, to the National Register of Historic Places.
He was active in the campaign to save the Hill from private development and led the sweat ceremony on
the hill in October 2004. Chris Leith has been involved in brining awareness to Cold Water Spring and
other sites sacred to his culture. Chris Leith is a Wisdom Keeper with the World Council of Indigenous
Elders. Among other activities, they promote council gathering centers at sacred sites for the purposes of
healing, forgiveness and transformation.