IRIS IN THE NEWS
"Meeting God" and "Ngiiwe" of 'Shaping Narratives' nominated for Emmy
June 01, 2021
God” and “Ngiiwe”,
two of the episode from the “Shaping Narratives” program which first
aired in January 2020 are among the 43rd
Annual Emmy Nominees through the Michigan Chapter of the National
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Andrea Riley-Mukavetz
(assistant professor, IRIS, and program coordinator, ITC) and Melanie
Shell-Weiss (Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies
Department chair) partnered on this project which was supported by a
grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program was led by
co-principal investigators Mariano Avila and Steven Chappell (WGVU)
and produced/filmed by Mallory Patterson and Randy Strobl of Wrinkle
Creative. “Meeting God” was nominated in the “Historical/Cultural –
Long Form Content” category. “Nigiiwe” was nominated in the “Human
Interest – Long Form Content” category.
“Ngiiwe” focuses on GVSU and Brooks College alum Belinda “Lin” Bardwell’s (BA in Liberal Studies ’14 , MPA, ’17) search as an urban Native American in Grand Rapids to reclaim the relationships and traditions of her ancestors, following her as she visits the Native Food Summit, to her tribe’s farm, and a powwow. “Meeting God” follows Rishi Makkar, a regular partner in Kaufman Institute and Religious Studies Program work, as he introduces Lin to Sikh beliefs, history, and culture on an immersive trip to a Gurdwara in London. IRIS Department Chair Melanie Shell-Weiss shared "It was such an honor and a privilege to be a part of this amazing project."
Winners will be announced in the Emmy Awards Ceremony on June 19, 2021.