RECAST | Climate Justice and Resilience speaker series: Fall events announcement

From: Hastings, Rachel <>
Sent: Thursday, October 8, 2020 11:21 AM

Dear Colleagues, 

We are happy to announce a year-long series of lectures/panels on the theme of Climate Justice and Resilience, and we’d like to draw your attention to four upcoming events that you and your students may wish to attend. The series was initially organized in the “Climate Curriculum and Action” faculty summer institute and builds on extensive cross-divisional work on climate studies during the summer and past year. We greatly appreciate the collaboration of many colleagues as organizers, speakers, and hosts. Below please find information on four upcoming lectures (which will also be accessible later as asynchronous recordings), and on the series overall. 

Tuesday, October 27th: Dr. Michael Méndez will be speaking from 10-11:30 at Tacoma’s lyceum (hosted by Anthony Zaragoza and the Tacoma program). Dr. Méndez is an assistant professor of environmental policy and planning at the University of California, Irvine and the author of the new book Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement (Yale University Press, 2020).

Tuesday, November 10th: Dr. Kyle Whyte will be speaking from 11:30-12:50 in the Conceptualizing Place program (hosted by Zoltán Grossman and Alex McCarty). One of North America’s leading scholars in Indigenous climate justice and resilience, Dr. Whyte is a Citizen Potawatomi enrolled member and professor of environment and sustainability at the University of Michigan (formerly at Michigan State University).  

Wednesday, November 18th: Prof. Lane Selman will be speaking from 10:30-12 in the Terroir/Meroir program (hosted by Sarah Williams, Prita Lal and Steve Scheuerell).  An Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, she is passionate about food system resilience and created the Culinary Breeding Network to build communities of plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, produce buyers, chefs, and eaters to improve quality in vegetables and grains.

Week 9: Dr. Pauline Yu will be presenting a pre-recorded series of short panel conversations with students, advocates and scientific researchers around the themes of climate change, shellfish in the Pacific Northwest and food sovereignty for Pacific Northwest tribal nations. Dr. Yu is in her 7th year as faculty at Evergreen in the Environmental Studies curriculum pathway, and is currently both providing faculty co-supervision of the Evergreen Shellfish Garden and also co-teaching Introduction to Environmental Studies: Water (with Prof. Kristina Ackley and Dr. Shangrila Joshi).

All students/faculty/staff are invited to join these events on Zoom. Further details as well as links to these and other events will be posted on our Climate Justice and Resilience website: If any program is interested in joining a talk or contributing funds to a speaker, please contact the event host program faculty. 

About the series: 

We aim for the Climate Justice and Resilience events to be approximately biweekly throughout the year. Each event is hosted by a different Evergreen program, and Evergreen guests are welcome to attend either synchronously (at a time fixed by the host program) or asynchronously (webinar recordings will be available as soon as possible after the event).  This work builds on several climate-related summer institutes, last year’s “big bets” climate proposal, and the visioning for potential incorporation of climate-related curricular areas into New Academic Directions. In addition, the 2-credit class “Climate Academy: Justice and Resilience” (currently sponsored by Rachel Hastings) will be offered each quarter based on this event series and associated readings. The class and series used this year’s Common Read (Solnit’s A Paradise Built in Hell) and the associated O-week faculty/staff panel as a launching point. More information on the 2020-21 Climate Speaker and Event Series, including speaker bios and links, is at

Please contact us with your questions and suggestions, or if you’d like to offer a lecture to the series. 


Rachel Hastings, Zoltán Grossman, Sarah Williams (series coordinators)

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