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2017 Spring Symposium Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gregory Fields

Gregory Fields

Gregory Fields

Professor of Philosophy / (618) 650-2461

Ph.D. University of Hawai'i, 1994     

Member of the SIUE faculty since 1995

Research Associate, American Indian Studies Research Institute and the Department of Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington.

SIUE Hoppe Research Professor, 2013/14, 2014/15

Organizational Leadership Award, Center for Spirituality & Sustainability at SIUE, 2009

University Teaching Distinction Award, 2007

Teaching Interests:  Comparative philosophy, American Indian Studies, Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Reasoning and Argumentation.

Research Interests:  Native North Pacific Coast culture, history, philosophy, and language preservation/revitalization.  South Asian philosophy and religion: Classical Yoga, Āyurvedic medical philosophy, and social philosophy.

Professor Fields has the following publications forthcoming: Sacred Breath: Pacific Northwest Medicine Teachings, Stories, and Epics with Johnny Moses, Nuu-chah-nulth and Coast Salish (University of Nebraska Press) and Women’s Leadership in the Lummi Nation,” digital archive with article: “My Dear Ones: Remember Everything: The Life and Works of Pauline Hillaire, Lummi (1929-2016)” in Women and Social Movements in Modern Empire to 1820 (SUNY-Binghamton and Alexander Street).

He has recently published with National Heritage Fellow Pauline Hillaire: Rights Remembered: A Salish Grandmother Speaks on American Indian History and the Future (2016) with the media companion “A Century of Coast Salish History” and A Totem Pole History: The Work of Lummi Carver Joe Hillaire with the media companion, "Coast Salish Totem Poles (2013), all with the University of Nebraska Press.

Selected publications concerning South Asia include Religious Therapeutics: Body and Health in Yoga, Āyurveda, and Tantra (SUNY, 2001; Delhi: Motilal, 2002), and the analytic index to The Sanskrit Language (2004, 2010).  

[Professor Fields' publications and abstracts are available here.]

Other: Professor Fields was the founding faculty advisor of SIUE's minor in Religious Studies.  He is one of the faculty members who founded SIUE's minor in Native American Studies and he teaches courses for the minor in Asian Studies. Fields is a member of SIUE's Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center (IRIS).  Fields has served for two decades in various capacities (and as a member of the Advisory Council since 2014), at the Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, which is dedicated to expanding the potential of the geosphere designed by Buckminster Fuller on the SIUE campus as a center of intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and fellowship.  

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