Speakers

 

 

SPEAKERS

Joni Adamson, Professor of Environmental Humanities in the Department of English, Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University; co-editor of Humanities for the Environment: Integrating knowledge, forging new constellations of practice and Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos.

Rosemary Ahtuangaruak,¬†Inupiaq environmental justice activist and works as environmental manager for the Alaska Native Village of Nuiqsut. Ahtuangaruak has been a community health aide/physician assistant, tribal and city council member,¬†a founding board member of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands), and has served on the board of the I√Īupiat Community of the Arctic Slope.¬†In May 2017, the Oberlin College will confer an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities to¬†Rosemary Ahtuangaruak.

Nanobah Becker, a Navajo screenwriter, director and producer whose work has screened at numerous international film festivals; her work includes, The 6th World, Shimasani, Conversion, Grace and Flat.

Michael Berman, Silver City-based photographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts; author of Gila: Radical Visions, The Enduring Silence; Trinity (text by Charles Bowden); and Sunshot: Peril and Wonder in the Gran Desierto (text by Bill Broyles).

Alan C. Braddock, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor of Environment and Humanities, Princeton University; co-editor of A Keener Perception Ecocritical Studies in American Art History and is currently writing Ecocritical Art History: Theory and Practice.

Carlos Carrion, a scientist from the Gal√°pagos Islands in Ecuador, currently a doctoral candidate in Biology, University of New Mexico.

Perry Charley, Executive Director/Sr. Scientist at the Diné College in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Minerva Cuevas, a Mexico City-based conceptual and socially-engaged artist; she has had major exhibitions all over the world, including Museo de la Ciudad de México, Whitechapel Gallery in London, Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Nellie Jo David, Tohono O’odham environmental justice activist and member of the TOHRN (Tohono O’odham Hemajkam Rights Network). David holds a Juris Doctorate and a certificate in indigenous law and policy from the University of Arizona.

T. J. Demos, Professor and Director of Center for Creative Ecologies, University of California, Santa Cruz; author of Decolonizing Nature: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology and Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today.

Finis Dunaway, Professor of History, Trent University, Canada; author of Seeing Green: The Use and Abuse of American Environmental Images and is currently working on a book on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Nick Estes, from the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, a co-founder of The Red Nation, and a doctoral candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, will speak on the Dakota Access Pipeline campaign.

John Fleck, Director of the University of New Mexico’s Water Resources Program; author of Water is for Fighting Over, and Other Myths about Water in the West.

Bill Gilbert, artist and Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Art and Ecology and founder of Land Arts of the American West, University of New Mexico; author of Land Arts of the American West.

Phoebe Godfrey, Associate professor in residence, Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut; co-editor of Systemic Crises of Global Climate Change: Intersections of race, class and gender and Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability: Intersections of race, class and gender.

Alyosha Goldstein, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico; author of Poverty in Common: The Politics of Community Action during the American Century and is currently writing Colonial Accumulations: Racial Capitalism and the Colonial Present.

Basia Irland, author, poet, sculptor, installation artist, activist and Emeritus Professor of Art and Ecology, University of New Mexico; her books, Water Library and Reading the River: The Ecological Activist Art of Basia Irland focus on international water projects the artist has created over four decades in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States.

Willis Jenkins, Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Environment, University of Virginia; co-editor of Routledge Handbook of Religion and Ecology.

Dahr Jamail, Investigative journalist and staff writer at Truthout; author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq and is currently working on a book on climate change.

Lynda V. Mapes, writer and environmental reporter, The Seattle Times; author of Elwha: A River Reborn and Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak (forthcoming, 2017).

Sofia Martinez, a native New Mexican educator, environmental and social justice organizer, and media advocate. She is co-founder of and co-producer of Voces Feministas, a two-hour radio program on KUNM public radio. She is co-founder and co-coordinator for Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque’s South Valley, and president of the Concerned Citizens of Wagon Mound and Mora County. Martinez holds a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico.

Anne McClintock, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University; author of Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest and is currently working on a book on militarization of environmental violence.

William McDonough, a globally recognized leader in sustainable development; recipient of the Presidential Award for Sustainable Development, inaugural U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award and the National Design Award for exemplary achievement in the field of environmental design; co-author ofCradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things and The Upcycle: Beyond Sustainability‚ÄďDesigning for Abundance.

Dylan AT Miner, a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar, is Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University; author of Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island and is currently completing a book Indigenous Aesthetics: Art, Activism, Autonomy and writing his first book of poetry, Ikidowinan Ninandagikendaanan (words I must learn).

Salma Monani, Associate Professor, Environmental Studies Department, Gettysburg College; co-editor of Ecocriticism and Indigenous Studies: Conversations from Earth to Cosmos and Ecocinema: Theory and Practice.

Richard Moore,¬†co-coordinator of the Los Jardines Institute in Albuquerque‚Äôs South Valley and Chair of the US Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He¬†has been working with others to build a local, regional, national and international movement for social, environmental and economic justice for over 50 years.¬†For his efforts Moore has received numerous awards, including Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World Fellowship, Human Rights Award from the City of Albuquerque,¬†C√©sar E. Ch√°vez ‚ÄúS√≠ Se Puede‚ÄĚ Award from The Recuerda a C√©sar Ch√°vez Committee, and¬†Health Care Without Harm‚Äôs Environmental Health Hero of the Year Award.

Lisa Nevada, a choreographer, performer, producer, and naturalist. Her choreographic compositions focus on site-specific dances in nature and non-traditional performance spaces, as well as the concert stage. Through the crafting of dances, Nevada aims to awaken audiences with a vocabulary of work that invokes thoughtful deliberation and delivers a visceral impact.

Robert D. Newman, President and Director, National Humanities Center; prior to joining the National Humanities Center in 2015, Dr. Newman served as the Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah since 2001, where under his leadership, the College created new programs in International Studies, Latin American Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Religious Studies, Environmental Humanities, Literacy Studies, and Comparative Literature and Culture as well as new Asia, American West, Second Language Training and Research, and Environmental Humanities Education centers; he received the University’s Equity and Diversity Award. 

Rob Nixon, Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment, Princeton University; author of Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor and is currently writing a book on the Anthropocene.

Manuela Picq, Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor in Political Science, Amherst College, and is an editor of Intercontinental Cry; co-editor of Sexualities in World Politics and Queering Narratives of Modernity.

Rebecca Schreiber, Associate Professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico; author of Cold War Exiles in Mexico: U.S. Dissidents and the Culture of Critical Resistance and is currently writing Migrant Lives and the Promise of Documentation.

Jennifer Owen White, Refuge Manager, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kyle Powys Whyte, an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation is the Timnick Chair in the Humanities, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability, Michigan State University.

Chris Williams, environmental activist and teacher; author of Ecology and Socialism: Solutions to Capitalist Ecological Crisis and co-author of Creating an Ecological Society: Toward a Revolutionary Transformation.