Indigenous Peoples and Climate Justice: Resisting Ecological Colonialism, Decolonizing the Anthropocene

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 | 4:30pm | Copley Formal Lounge

 Sawyer Seminar Spring Commencement Lecture with Kyle Powys Whyte, Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. His primary research in Indigenous philosophy addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples and the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and climate science organizations. His talk will address Indigenous philosophies of sustainability and resilience and its connection with theoretical literatures on decolonization and Indigenous resurgence.

How Should We Eat? Eating in the Anthropocene

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 10am-5:00pm | New North 204

An all-day symposium examining the question “How should we eat?” and responses to it. Finding an answer now seems imperative given that the status quo drives climate change, environmental degradation, food insecurity, and diet-related illness. But what does asking this question presuppose about us, the askers and the eaters? And why don’t we seem to be satisfied with existing answers? Panelists will approach these questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, literature, history, and the social sciences. Featuring a keynote lecture by Alexis Shotwell, Associate Professor of Sociology at Carleton University and author of Against Purity: Living Ethically in Compromised Times (University of Minnesota Press, 2016).

Decolonial Ecologies: Climate Justice in the Anthropocene

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 | 10am-4:30pm | Location TBA

A special event featuring lectures by Neel Ahuja and Malini Ranganathan exploring the linkages between colonialism, racial capitalism, and climate change: Neel Ahuja is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz and author of Bioinsecurities: Disease Interventions, Empire, and the Government of Species (Duke University Press, 2016). Malini Ranganathan is Assistant Professor in the School of International Service at American University, Washington, DC and author of several journal articles including, “The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining” in Black Perspectives and “Thinking with Flint: Racial Liberalism and the Roots of an American Water Tragedy” in Capitalism Nature Socialism. 

Looking Ahead

April 22-28, 2018 | Times and Locations TBA

A weeklong series of events, featuring art, performance, and presentations by students, faculty, and visiting scholars and activists.