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Not Our First Apocalypse: Indigenous Struggle on the Edge of Everything with Kelly Hayes

March 30, 2023 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a virtual seminar, Not Our First Apocalypse: Indigenous Struggle on the Edge of Everything, with scholar Kelly Hayes, in conjunction with our Surviving the Long Wars: Unlikely Entanglements exhibition.

Surviving the Long Wars explores the multiple overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as the alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war. The project begins with a virtual scholarly series hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago at the nexus of critical ethnic studies, native/Indigenous studies, and Middle Eastern Studies on the histories and futures of native rebellion alongside contemporary us militarism and warfare. The seminar series is part of a year-long UIC graduate class and NEH “Dialogues on the Experience of War” discussion program. The project culminates in the second Veteran Art Triennial and Summit, in Spring 2023, at the Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, and Newberry Library.

RSVP for the Seminar here.

Kelly Hayes is a Menominee author, organizer, photographer and direct action trainer. Kelly co-founded the Lifted Voices collective and the Chicago Light Brigade. Her written work can be found in Truthout, Teen Vogue, Bustle, numerous anthologies, as well as her upcoming book, Let This Radicalize You, co-authored by Mariame Kaba. Kelly has trained thousands of people across the country in direct action tactics and movement strategies. She is also the host of Truthout’s podcast Movement Memos.

Surviving the Long Wars is organized by Aaron Hughes, Ronak K. Kapadia, Therese Quinn, Joseph Lefthand, Amber Zora, and Meranda Roberts with support from the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Institute for the Humanities Innovation Grant, UIC Award for Creative Activity, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Newberry Library, Demil Art Fund, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Dialogues on the Experiences of War Grant. Special thanks to the UIC Disability Cultural Center, the Native American Support Program, the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center, Zaynab Hilal, and Rachel Dukes.

All events in the Virtual Scholarly Series will be held as Zoom webinars with CART (live captions). For any other access requests, please contact Zaynab Hilal at

For more information on Kelly Hayes’ recent public writings and discussions, please check out this curated “playlist.”

  1. Indigenous Abolitionists Are Organizing for Healing and Survival
  2. Enough Colonial Pageantry. Let’s Rally Behind Criminalized Water Protectors.
  3. What the Mainstream Media Never Told You About Palestine
  4. Right-Wing Attacks on Native Child Welfare Law Should Frighten Us All
  5. The End of “Roe” Will Lead to More Family Separation and Child Disappearance


March 30, 2023
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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