Autumn Cavender-Wilson will deliver the third-annual bioethics lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center on the South Dakota State University campus. Her presentation is titled “First Do No Harm: Colonialism and the Weaponization of Medicine.” It is part of the Indigenizing Spaces lecture series. There is no charge for admission and the event is open to the public.
Cavender-Wilson, a Wahpetunwan Dakota certified professional midwife, has spent her life rooted in Indigenous language revitalization and cultural reclamation. Cavender-Wilson will give a thought-provoking lecture addressing the specific ways in which medicine has been used as a weapon against indigenous peoples and people of color.
Seeing birth as a fundamental piece of traditional societal function and a seat of social power, she works to highlight the perinatal period as a catalyst for social change in indigenous communities.
Previous lecturers in the series include bioethicist Carl Elliott and political philosopher Nicole Hassoun.
This lecture is sponsored by SDSU's Ethics Lab and the American Indian Studies Program.
About Indigenizing Spaces
Indigenizing Spaces is a forum that brings contemporary Indigenous conversations to SDSU and the public, speaking to American Indian experiences, and helping SDSU and the community be in better relationship with indigenous peoples.