BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is hosting a Culture To-Go talk for Native American History Month on Tuesday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Benedum Campus Center.

The guest speaker will be Ivan B. Watkins, an internationally recognized artist, filmmaker and ethno-historian.  Watkins will focus on the local historical processes of socialization, colonialization, miscegenation, resistance and a common effort to survive and dwell in sustainable communities.

Watkins is a Ph.D. candidate in ethno-history/urban studies at the University of New Orleans and is a graduate of the University of Chicago (Master of Arts in Social Science), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2023 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-2023 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan seventh in Best Value – Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit wvwc.edu.