Apply to ISSP!

The Indigenous Studies Summer Program is now accepting applications for 2017
Monday, November 14, 2016

The Indigenous Studies Summer Program (ISSP) is an annual, two-week summer program at Columbia University. Researchers, professionals, practitioners, and advanced students from around the world gather at Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (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. For more information about ISSP please contact

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