Indigenous Summer Studies Program

(2013 – 2017)

2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy at Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race

CESR is pleased to mark the fifth anniversary of the Indigenous Studies Summer Program on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Policy (ISSP). From 2013 to 2017, over 140 participants representing forty countries and an array of Indigenous Peoples attended ISSP. CESR is proud to have hosted participants from all seven continents engaged in Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Click here to view alumni profiles.



The Indigenous Studies Summer Program is an annual, two-week summer program at Columbia University. Researchers, professionals, practitioners, and advanced students from around the world gather at CSER to participate in this intensive summer immersion program at Columbia University on indigenous peoples’ rights and policy.

The program provides an overview and analysis of the major questions in indigenous affairs today as they have emerged globally in the last decades, culminating with the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The course will analyze the interaction between the Indigenous movement—one of the strongest social movements of our times—and the intergovernmental system over the past 50 years, paying close attention to its questioning of and impact on international norms, institutions, and major global debates. The program will use an interdisciplinary approach, and discussion will be presented through the lens of human rights studies, international law, political science, Indigenous studies, ethnic studies, development studies, sociology, and anthropology. The course incorporates lectures and workshops on the most recent and innovative academic and other research and policy debates on indigenous peoples issues. It is complemented by visits to the United Nations and a Native American Nation, lectures, and discussions with United Nations officials, officials of a Native American Nation and representatives of Indigenous organizations.

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CSER continues to be Columbia's main interdisciplinary space for the study of ethnicity and race and their implications for thinking about culture, power, hierarchy, social identities, and political communities. The Center also offers a wide range of public programming, including Artist at the Center, Indigenous Forum, and Latino Public Speaker Series and the Transnational Asian/American Speaker Series. CSER's most recent spaces include the Media and Idea Lab and Gallery at the Center, a space dedicated to curating artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest.
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