Please join Laura Waterman Wittstock on Wednesday August 21, 2013 as she talks with Julie Davis, author of Survival Schools: The American Indian Movement and Community Education in the Twin Cities. In 1972, AIM organizers and local Native parents started their own community schools. The story of these schools, told through the voices of activists, teachers, and families, is also a history of AIM’s founding and community organizing—and evidence of its long-term effect on Indian people’s lives.
Julie Davis grew up in a small town in northern Minnesota. She earned a Ph.D. in history from Arizona State University and is an Associate Professor of History at the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University, where she teaches U.S., Native American, and public history. As a public historian, she also works to foster historical understanding outside the classroom and beyond academia. She has been an exhibit researcher and historic site interpreter for the Minnesota Historical Society and is an experienced oral historian. Her research includes Indigenous community education and cultural revitalization in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and interpretations of the past in Belfast.