Online SBS Community Classroom: Native Peoples of the Southwest
Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4:00 pm to Thursday, April 29, 2021, 5:30 pm


Hosted by: College of Social & Behavioral Sciences 

Meeting Days

  • Mondays, 5-6 p.m.


  • $130

Course Description

We invite you to join Distinguished Outreach Professor Tom Sheridan for a six-week virtual course on the Native Peoples of the Southwest, particularly those of southern Arizona, and their interactions with the Spanish empire, the Mexican republic, and the United States over the last 500 years. The Southwest is a region that remained a frontier in the most basic sense of the term — a place where no group had a monopoly on violence — until the 1880s, when Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches surrendered for the final time. During those centuries, Native peoples living in the region like the Hopis and O’odham encountered two waves of newcomers — Athabaskan-speaking peoples from the north and Spaniards from the south. This class will focus on those encounters as well as the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to reclaim their tribal sovereignty and take control of their own destinies in the 21st century.

Course Format

Registered community members will meet with Dr. Brogden in seven live online sessions on the following Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3.

Both registered Community members and University of Arizona graduate students will meet together in weekly live online sessions with invited guests. Time and date of those sessions will be announced a soon as they are finalized and confirmed with the invited guests. 

Readings and Syllabus

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered via the University of Arizona Zoom platform. All class sessions will be LIVE ONLINE and will be recorded. The recordings will be shared with registered students after each session to facilitate access for those who cannot make the live sessions.


After registration participants will receive instructions about how to access the course online. 


Refunds are available and need to be requested before or by March 31. To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or sends e-mail). A $25 administrative fee for each cancellation will apply.