Margaret Jacobs, professor of history, will present a lecture on the effects of indigenous female activists on child welfare policies at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in 229 Andrews Hall. The lecture, “If Everyone Cared: Transnational Indigenous Women’s Activism and Child Welfare, 1960-1980,” is free and open to the public.
Jacobs follows the transnational trails of two indigenous female activists from the United States and Australia as they uncovered the ubiquity and trauma of indigenous child removal in their nations and Canada in the 1960s and 1970s. Through these women’s actions and many others, child welfare was established as a central issue in indigenous movements for self-determination in the late 20th century.
Jacobs’ presentation is based on research from her latest book, “A Generation Removed: The Fostering and Adoption of Indigenous Children in the Postwar World,” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press this fall.