NIC American Indian Studies Program: Columbus Legacy Day

Columbus Day Legacy

Columbus Day Legacy: A Critical Discussion

Monday, October 14 is Columbus Day. The day marks the anniversary of European explorer Christopher Columbus’s initial landing in the Americas in 1492. To Europeans, it is a day of celebration. For indigenous peoples, it reminds them of the violent history of European colonization that unfolded from this fateful encounter. Columbus Day Legacy highlights the way different groups react to this annual commemoration. This short film explores the tensions and contradictions between Native and Italian Americans as participants in the Columbus Day Parade controversy in Denver, Colorado.

Come experience the hard questions raised in this film about freedom of speech, interpretation of history, and what it means to be an ‘American.’

A discussion will follow the 30-minute video. This FREE event is sponsored by the American Indian Advisory Committee, the American Indian Studies Program and the Diversity Council. The event is open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Join the conversation on Monday, October 14 from 1-2 PM at the Edminster Student Union Building on the NIC Campus.