Mission Statement

GALACTIC harnesses new media to inspire global engagement rooted in local knowledge. In virtual and face-to-face classroom settings, GALACTIC foregrounds cultural practitioners: artists, healers, cooks, and storytellers as teachers and as instrumental to an understanding of cultural diversity, conflict, and even resolution. Offering professional development workshops, we design local-centric curricula at the intersection of arts, indigenous leadership, cultural heritage policy, decolonization, compassionate listening and conflict management. Bridging local cultures is out of this world! GALACTIC is a collaboration among Navajo Technical University School of Dine' and Law Studies, Indiana University Center for The Study of the Middle East and Center for the Study of Global Change, The Ohio State University's Living Jerusalem: Ethnography and Blog-Bridging in Disputed Territory and Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.


Living Jerusalem Project

Founded in 1991, Living Jerusalem is an ongoing ethnographic engagement among Israeli, Palestinian and US scholars and students.

Balfour Scholars Program

Although the achievement gap is narrowing at the K-12 level, barriers to college enrollment still continue to exist for many traditionally underrepresented groups. Supported by a grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee, the Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) is a free program for high school juniors designed to help cultivate student academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability, unfamiliarity with higher education, and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college.


Formation & Foundation of Navajo Thought - Navajo Technical College - Spring 2015

Contemporary Navajo Gender, Politics, & Leadership - Navajo Technical College - Spring 2015

Cultural Revitalization: Problems, Solutions, & Possibilities - Navajo Technical College - Fall 2014

Contemporary Navajo Life & Experiences - Navajo Technical College - Spring 2015

Living Jerusalem - Ohio State - Spring 2014

Human Rights and the Arts - Indiana University - Spring 2014 

Music in Disputed Territories - Cultural Dimensions of Globalization - Ohio State - Spring 2011

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