Upcoming Events
  • Roundtable, “Indigenous Art and Activism along the Mississippi River and its Tributaries,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference. Toronto, Canada. May 2020 [Cancelled due to Covid-19].


Selected Past Presentations/ Events

  • Paper, “Poetic Text(ile)s: Material Genealogies and Trans-Pacific Writing with Penina Ava Taesali and Emelihter Kihleng,” Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Seattle, WA. Jan. 2020: Winner of the Annette Kolodny Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship, presented by the Women's Caucus for the Modern Languages.

  • Paper, “What to do with SPAM? Gastro-Poetics in Militarized Seas,” Presidential Fellow Speaker Series, Northwestern University. 30 Oct. 2019.

  • Invited Speaker, Creative Thinking Project, University of Auckland, New Zealand. 16 Sept. 2019.

  • Invited Speaker, Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Career Diversity Summer Workshop on collaborative projects and career diversity in the humanities. Chicago, IL. 26 Jul. 2019.

  • Roundtable Chair & Organizer, “Wansolwara: The Trans-Indigenous Ocean With West Papua,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference. Waikato, NZ. June 26-29, 2019.

  • Invited Speaker, Narrative writing workshop for the Prison & Neighbourhood Art Project (PNAP). Stateville Correctional Centre, 18 Apr. 2019.   

  • Paper, “Contaminate, Contamination: Thinking Dirty in the Marshall Islands,” Keyword Roundtable for the Waste Matters Symposium, Kaplan Institute Environmental Humanities Workshop Series. Northwestern University, 11 April 2019.

  • Invited Talk, “West Papua in the New Oceania: Through a Literary Lens,” as part of the New Oceania Literary Series at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 13 March 2019.

  • Paper, “Women’s Work: Crafting Perseverance and Rhetorical Sovereignty in the Pacific with Queen Lili’uokalani and Penina Ava Taesali.” Newberry Consortium on American Indian Studies Graduate Conference. Chicago, IL. Feb 2, 2019.

  • Organizer and Moderator: Symposium on Indigenous Sovereignties at Northwestern University as part of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities series on “Security.” Speakers: Jenny Davis (U of Illinois), J. Kēhulani Kauanui (Wesleyan), and Doug Kiel (Northwestern). Co-sponsored by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Nov. 29. 2019.

  • Paper presented, "Ocean as Marae, Ocean as Archive: Chantal Spitz’s Island of Shattered Dreams." Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Conference. Los Angeles. CA. May 17-19, 2018.

  • Symposium organizer (with Nitasha Sharma), “Pacific Islands Research Now!” Paper presented: “The Bird of Paradise in the New Oceania: West Papua Protest and Pacific Island Research Now.” Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. 4 May 2018.

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