A Conversation with Mary Wachacha

Event date: 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Mary Wachacha, Lead Consultant for the Indian Health Service (IHS)

Cherokee, North Carolina is the location of the Qualla Boundary (Cherokee Indian Reservation) and home of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Mary Wachacha is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band and has served in various capacities during her 40 year career with the Cherokees and other Native Americans.  Mary will discuss the unique modern history of the Cherokee Indians, their lifestyles, their culture, their Casino, and their health care and the relationship between western medical ethics and Native American/Cherokee ethics. 

Mary is a former Peace Corps volunteer and spent 3 years in Tunisia, Northern Africa; a Teacher for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 15 years; and the Lead Consultant for the Indian Health Service at IHS Headquarters  for 24 years. She has worked extensively with Indian Tribes who use IHS services—traveling to Indian hospitals and clinics to provide onsite in-service training on various health topics.


University Forum Committee, the Department of Anthropology and the Interdisciplinary Studies and Appalachian Studies Programs.
Contact name: 
Laura Anne Middlesteadt
Contact email: 
Contact telephone: 
(828) 262-2295
Edwin Duncan Hall, Room 315
Free and open to the public
Public Lecture: Disposable Futures: Neoliberalism's Assault on Higher Education

Henry A. Giroux
McMaster University


Henry Giroux, who is currently the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Canada, is a leading scholar and public intellectual in the fields of critical pedagogy, cultural studies, communications, and educational philosophy. He was listed in "Fifty Modern Thinkers on Education: From Piaget to the Present" (Routledge, 2001) as one of the most influential contemporary educational thinkers. He is one of the most influential public intellectuals and theorists today.

A native of Rhode Island, Giroux completed an M.A. in history at Appalachian in 1968. After working as a high school social studies teacher, he earned a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977. He has taught at Boston University, Miami University (Ohio) and Pennsylvania State University.

This talk is organized by the ASU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). It is free and open to the public.


  • Reich College of Education
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • University College
  • Cratis D. Williams Graduate School
  • Office of International Education and Development
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of English
  • Department of Philosophy and Religion 
  • Department of Government and Justice Studies
  • Department of Sustainable Development 
  • Department of Culture, Gender, and Global Studies


For more information, please contact Gregory Reck at reckgg@appstate.edu


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