Several American universities are collaborating in an occasion asking whether Americans should “reconsider” the Thanksgiving holiday.

The alumni associations of the University of Maryland, Florida Gulf Coast University, Washington State University, University of Central Arkansas, Hiram College in Ohio and California State University, Long Beach are collaborating.

According to the occasion description, the current nationwide shift from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day “reflects a changing national mood,” and asks if Americans should do the identical with Thanksgiving.

“Starting in 1970, many Americans, led by Indigenous protesters, believed that Thanksgiving should be rededicated as a National Day of Mourning to reflect the centuries-long displacement and persecution of Native Americans. The recent shift from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day reflects a changing national mood,” the occasion description states. “Should Americans reconsider Thanksgiving when wrestling with our country’s complicated past?”

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“The myth of Thanksgiving is powerful and ubiquitous. In the autumn of 1621, so American legend has it, English Pilgrims seeking religious freedom shared a feast with Wampanoags, the residents of the territory the Pilgrims labeled Plymouth,” the occasion description provides. “The good feelings of that meal soon faded when Native peoples and English colonists, including the Pilgrims, began to compete for resources, initiating conflicts that raged for generations. Yet despite the often-violent relations between the nation and Indigenous communities, the myth of coexistence remained.”

The occasion’s speaker, Peter C. Mancall, a professor on the University of Southern California, informed Fox News that his aim for the occasion is to “explain the context for events and offer insights about how to interpret the existing evidence.”

“I respect my audience’s ability to draw their own conclusions about the material,” he mentioned.

Pedestrians walk across the Chapel Lawn at The University of Maryland College Park on Thursday October 20, 2016. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Pedestrians stroll throughout the Chapel Lawn at The University of Maryland College Park on Thursday October 20, 2016. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post by way of Getty Images)

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A spokesperson for the University of Maryland mentioned that the alumni affiliation has a contract with the Alumni Learning Consortium, which hosts the occasion. A spokesperson for California State University, Long Beach additionally mentioned that college pays to take part within the Alumni Learning Consortium.

A spokesperson for Florida Gulf Coast University mentioned that the college’s alumni affiliation pays $2,500 to Professional Book Club Guru, which additionally offers entry to the occasion. A spokesperson for Hiram College in Ohio mentioned the faculty additionally pays for occasions by means of the Professional Book Club Guru.

This March 12, 2019, file photo shows the University Village area of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 

This March 12, 2019, file picture exhibits the University Village space of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. 
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The Alumni Learning Consortium is managed by the Professional Book Club Guru, which states that its mission is to “help alumni associations create more and higher quality online programs to drive engagement.”