Recast | Update: Climate Justice and Resilience speaker series: Winter events

From: “Hastings, Rachel” <>
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:29 PM
To: All Staff & Faculty DL <>

Hello Colleagues,

I’m writing to remind/inform you of our upcoming Climate Justice and Resilience events.  These events are open to the public as Zoom webinars, and will later be made available as recordings. Faculty member Ruth Hayes will give our first lecture of the quarter on Monday of Week 4 at 10:00 on “Eco-Media; the Environmental Footprint of Media and the Myth of the Cloud.”  

Please also note one date change: the Sámi panel has been postponed until Saturday, February 6th, coinciding with Sámi National Day. See below for details of these and later events this quarter.

Next week:

Monday, January 25th (10-11:15): Evergreen faculty Ruth Hayes will be speaking about “Eco-Media; the Environmental Footprint of Media and the Myth of the Cloud,” hosted by Mediaworks (Laurie Meeker & Ruth Hayes). Ruth Hayes is a member of the faculty in animation at The Evergreen State College, teaching animation theory and practice in broadly interdisciplinary contexts. Her creative research involves animated experiments in film, video and digital media as well as flipbooks and other pre-cinema formats. Ruth earned her MFA in Experimental Animation at California Institute of the Arts, and her BA in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard College. This event will be hosted as a Zoom webinar at

Later Winter quarter events (details and zoom links will be hosted at the Climate Justice and Resilience website):

Saturday, February 6th (10 a.m. to about 1:15): Ellen Marie Jensen, Ph.D. will visit “Climate Change & Colonization in the Arctic: Who are the Sámi?” (hosted by Marja Eloheimo) as guest moderator of a panel discussion and conversation with seven Indigenous Sámi climate change experts in Sápmi. Dr. Jensen is both Sámi from Finnmark Province and American from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Sciences and Humanities from University of Tromsø (UiT) – Arctic University of Norway in 2019 with the study Diasporic Indigeneity and Storytelling Across Media: A Case Study of Narratives of Early Twentieth Century Sámi Immigrant Women, and is editor of What We Believe In. Jensen also holds a Masters in Indigenous Studies and English Literature from the University of Tromsø. Her scholarship broadly addresses Sámi and Indigenous studies, feminist/gender studies, and migration. Currently, she is a guest researcher at the UiT Centre for Women’s and Gender Research. The anticipated topic of the panel discussion is “Sámi Perspectives on Green Colonialism: Responses to Climate Change.”

Monday, February 8th (12-1:30): Professor John Bolte, of the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Agricultural Sciences, will be speaking about modeling wildfire in Oregon, hosted by Computer Science Foundations (Richard Weiss and Gordon Gul). Dr. Bolte is head of the Biological and Ecological Engineering Department at OSU. His research areas include mathematical modeling and simulation coupled human/natural systems, agricultural systems, water supply and water use, community wildfire planning, climate adaptation, costal processes, influence network analysis and community resilience.

Saturday, February 20th (1-3)Toshi Reagon is a talented and versatile singer, composer, and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock. She has performed in venues from Carnegie Hall and the Paris Opera House to music festivals and local clubs, and collaborated with many well-known artists. Toshi Reagon will be performing excerpts from the opera Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, which she created with her mother Bernice Johnson Reagon. She will also discuss the role of the artist in times of crisis, including the pandemic, the climate crisis, and the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice. The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga, Dean of Evergreen-Tacoma. This program is a collaboration between Evergreen’s Climate Justice & Resilience Series, Evergreen Tacoma, and Inclusive Excellence & Student Success, with thanks to the Unsoeld family.

Wednesday, February 24th (11:30-1): Evergreen faculty Shangrila Joshi will give a talk on “Climate Justice in Global Context,” hosted by the class Climate Academy (Rachel Hastings). Dr. Joshi is a member of the faculty in Climate Justice at The Evergreen State College. She earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Studies and Policy, with Geography as a focal discipline, from the University of Oregon, an M.A. in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a B.Sc. In Environmental Sciences from St. Xavier’s College, Kathmandu University. Dr. Joshi is a Newar, an Indigenous Nationality of Nepal. She was born in Patan, Nepal, and spent her formative years there, as well as in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Kabul, Afghanistan. Her academic work has focused on the politics of climate justice and is published in a forthcoming Routledge book Climate Change Justice and Global Resource Commons: Local and Global Postcolonial Political Ecologies. A short piece on some of her work, “REDD+ and the Forest Commons in Nepal,” was recently published by the Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research.

All students/faculty/staff as well as the broader community 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 and Resilience website. If you will be bringing your program to a talk or are interested in contributing funds to a speaker, please contact the event host program faculty. 

About the series: 

The Climate Justice and Resilience events constitute a year-long series that runs approximately biweekly throughout the 2020-21 academic year. Each event is hosted by a different Evergreen program, and 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) is offered each quarter based on this event series and associated readings. More information on the 2020-21 Climate Speaker and Event Series, including speaker bios and links, is at

We greatly appreciate the collaboration of numerous colleagues as organizers, speakers, and hosts, as well as the expert support of Media Services.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions and suggestions. 


Rachel Hastings (Climate Justice and Resilience series co-coordinator, with Zoltán Grossman and Sarah Williams)

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