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K-State Today

March 7, 2017



Kansas State Polytechnic's Civic Luncheon Lecture Series to feature presentation from Daniel Wildcat on technology, culture and sustainability

By Julee Cobb

Daniel Wildcat is the director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and a faculty member of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University.

With expertise in the history and worldviews of the American Indian, author, speaker and teacher Daniel Wildcat will presents his insights at the latest Civic Luncheon Lecture Series at Kansas State University's Polytechnic Campus.

"Technology, Culture and Sustainability" will be presented at noon Thursday, March 9, at Kansas State Polytechnic's College Center conference room. Wildcat, who is the director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center and a faculty member of the Indigenous and American Indian Studies Program at Haskell Indian Nations University, will lead a discussion on such topics as indigenous ingenuity practices, technology's role in various cultures and how it can address challenges that humankind faces today, and a possible paradigm shift equaling the Copernican revolution. Liticia Salter, technical communications instructor at Kansas State Polytechnic, will act as the moderator.

As a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Wildcat has been invited to speak at various prestigious institutions, like the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Harvard Medical School and Dartmouth College. He also has been a part of helping organize climate change conferences and workshops, and has written several books, including his most recent, "Red Alert: Saving the Planet With Indigenous Knowledge." Wildcat will have a book signing directly after his presentation at Kansas State Polytechnic.

The Civic Luncheon Lecture Series is free and the public is invited. Attendees are welcome to eat during the discussion, and can bring their own lunch or purchase a lunch at the K-State Café and then bring their tray into the conference room.

Greg Stephens, an associate professor of communication and business management at Kansas State Polytechnic, created the Civic Luncheon Lecture Series to provide the campus and the community with an opportunity to learn about and participate in various current events impacting local issues.

For more information on the series, contact Stephens at 785-819-6887 or gregs@k-state.edu.