Museum of Anthropology presents alternative view of Native Americans

May 3, 2011

The Arizona State University Museum of Anthropology, in collaboration with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, presents ALTERNATIVE, a multi-media artistic exploration of the general public’s generic perception of Native Americans. The exhibit examines the foundation of these perceptions, which have been constructed over hundreds of years by Euro-American society’s popular opinion and homogenization of indigenous cultures.   

The artist, Jacob Meders, has included video performance, traditional printmaking, handmade book forms, sculptures, paintings and 19th-century photo processes to create alternative scenarios in history and to challenge the Western perspective that has altered the identity of the contemporary Native American. Meders – a descendent of the Mechoopda tribe of what is now northern California – believes the individual perspective is linked to the framework of identity and uses his own ethnic connection to his ancestors as a means of identification. Download Full Image

Meders’ work reexamines the history of the conquest of the North America continent and dominance of its original inhabitants, which he believes is founded on unbalanced views and opinions used to justify the oppression of indigenous people. Meders credits society’s failure to recognize this injustice with prolonging the negative effects created for Native Americans. This is Meders’ master of fine arts thesis exhibition for the School of Art; its socio-cultural context lends itself well to display in the ASU Museum of Anthropology.

The exhibit runs through July 29. Admission is free. The ASU Museum of Anthropology is located in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at the northwest corner of Tyler and Cady Malls on the Tempe campus. It is open every weekday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. until May 9. It will be open by appointment only during the summer.  

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ASU Museum of Anthropology

Rebecca Howe

Communications Specialist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change


Bonnie Nixon named executive director of Sustainability Consortium

May 3, 2011

The Sustainability Consortium has announced Bonnie Nixon, formerly Hewlett Packard’s Director of Environmental Sustainability, as executive director. Nixon will be responsible for developing and implementing short- and long-term strategies and growing the organization to include international representation, additional non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), toy and apparel sectors, and the world’s leading life cycle scientists and research institutions.

“It is really exciting to be involved in the science behind improving product footprints and empowering more sustainable production, buying and consumption patterns. The Sustainability Consortium represents an enormous opportunity to make systemic change for social equity, the environment and the economy,” said Nixon. Download Full Image

The">">The Sustainability Consortium develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social and economic imperatives.

Throughout the field of sustainability, Nixon is often described as dynamic, goal-oriented, motivating, passionate and a change agent. She is known for her ability to inspire and serve as a catalyst for transformation in the field of sustainability. As Director of Ethical Sourcing at HP for 10 years, she has demonstrated expertise in complex supply chains. Nixon is also respected within the non-governmental organization (NGO) community due to her long standing commitment to inclusion, transparency, no-nonsense negotiations and collaborative engagement.

Academic Directors of The Sustainability Consortium, Kevin Dooley, professor, ASU W. P. Carey School of Business, and Jon Johnsonprofessor, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, stated that Nixon’s appointment represents a natural next step in strengthening the organization and developing plans to scale The Consortium efforts for global reach and impact.

“As a proven leader in global sustainability and stakeholder engagement, Bonnie brings a vast set of leadership skills and experience to her role and this organization at a critical time.  She is known for a solution-oriented approach which recognizes and respects the many stakeholder voices important to solving complex issues. The entire Consortium community looks forward to working closely with Bonnie to achieve our ambitious goals,” said Mark Spears, a sustainability executive of The Walt Disney Company and Sustainability Consortium lead director. 

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from Arizona State University, the University of Arkansas, The Walt Disney Company, Walmart, Pepsico, Proctor & Gamble and Dell. With the expected addition of several international universities and NGOs this year; voices from an increasingly broad range of stakeholders will be represented.

About The Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product sustainability. It develops transparent methodologies, tools and strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks that address environmental, social, and economic imperatives. The Sustainability Consortium advocates for a transparent process and system, not individuals or organizations. Arizona State University and the University of Arkansas jointly administer The Sustainability Consortium. Learn more at">">www.sustainabilityconsortium.or..., twitter: follow@sus_consortium.

The Sustainability Consortium is a part of the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University and the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas.

The Global Institute of Sustainability is the hub of ASU’s sustainability initiatives and home to the first of its kind School of Sustainability; it works to advance research, education, and business practices for an urbanizing world; visit:">">, twitter: follow@asugreen.

The Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas leads organizations in the retail and consumer goods industries toward sustainable practices that support an economy built around people, planet, and profit. The center is part of the Sam M. Walton College of Business and serves multiple disciplines across campus; visit:">">