Anthropology Professor tours the United States as a Keynote Speaker for the Smithsonian Institution’s Traveling Native Code-Talker Exposition.
Dr. William C. Meadows (ANT), assistant professor of Anthropology, has been invited to serve as one of the keynote speakers for the recent Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, Native Words, Native Warriors, developed by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibits (SITES) Program. The traveling exposition is currently touring the country and its displays and interactive media tells the remarkable story of Native American soldiers from the Navajo, Hopi, Comanche, Choctaw, Chippewa/Oneida, Menominee, Mesquaki, Sioux, Pawnee, Muskogee Creek, Seminole, Kiowa, Canadian Cree, and other Nations who served as code talkers in World Wars I and II. The exhibition highlights the cultural backgrounds that made possible their unique and valuable contribution to the war effort.
Dr. Meadows has been contracted by the Smithsonian Institution to attend various public presentations of the traveling exhibition across the United States. As Dr. Meadows succinctly argued in his recent book and articles on the subject, two fundamental components of Native culture—warrior traditions and spoken languages of extreme complexity—were combined to great effect in the code talker programs. Although the U.S. government did not give some American Indians citizenship until 1924, soldiers from a number of Indian nations served the military during both wars. Dr. Meadows believed that the Native Words, Native Warriors exhibit provides an ideal opportunity to recognize, honor, and celebrate this important but little-reported aspect of American history.
For those interested in this exhibition, Dr. Meadows will be giving an opening speech upon the Traveling Exhibit's arrival in Kansas City on May 9, 2007.
Political Scientist Consulted by U.S. State Department on Issues Concerning Relations between China and Taiwan
In early March, Dr. Dennis Hickey (PLS) was flown to Washington, DC by the US Department of State to appear on the Voice of America’s Television show, “Issues and Opinions.”
This television show was broadcast into the People’s Republic of China “live” via satellite from Washington on 3/12/07 and the entire show was devoted to a discussion of Dr. Hickey’s new book, Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan: From Principle to Pragmatism. The most interesting aspect of the program was the “call-in” portion of the show when viewers in China phoned in and asked questions.
According to Dr. Hickey, the Chinese viewers were surprisingly sympathetic towards Taiwan. After the program, Dr. Hickey and his wife dined with the “unofficial” ambassador from Taiwan, Dr. David Lee, at the Taiwan government’s historic Twin Oaks mansion.
In late March, Dr. Hickey was once again flown to Taipei by Ming Chuan University. At the time, the university was celebrating its 50th anniversary. Dr. Hickey served as a panel chair for a panel entitled, "Politics, Diplomacy and Security," at the International Conference on Governance, Regimes and Globalization, presented at the Graduate School of International Affairs, Ming Chuan University, Taipei, Taiwan, on March 23, 2007.
The image below shows a group shot of paper presenters, discussants and some of the graduate students.