Kelsey John is next speaker in Indigenous Speaker Series on April 1

Kelsey Dayle John will be the next speaker in the Indigenous Speaker Series, hosted by the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, on Thursday, April 1, at noon.


John is a member of the Navajo Nation and an assistant professor with a joint appointment in American Indian Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona. Her work is centered on animal relationalities — particularly horse/human relationships — as ways of knowing, healing, and decolonizing education.

John’s talk, titled “The Stories They Tell About Us: Disrupting Settler Narratives of Native and Horse Histories,” will explore several aspects of horse origin stories through a Native American epistemology. Centering American Indian Studies theoretical work on the more than human world, she highlights some important misconceptions about the horse’s story in relationship with other settler narratives about Indians, lands, and the settlement of the Americas. In her work, John discusses the importance of viewing horses as agents, persons, and teachers who have something to say about their own histories.

The event will be held via Zoom, and is free and open to the public. Register to receive the event link, here.