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Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands: A Symposium

May 9, 2018May 11, 2018

Multiple Venues (see below)


The UO Symposium on Environmental Justice, Race, and Public Lands is the inaugural symposium for our new Center for Environmental Futures. These three days of events include presentations by 16 invited guests as well as talks by a number of UO grad students and faculty, including from the Environmental Studies program.

Of particular note are Kyle Whyte’s keynote address (Thursday, May 10th @ 7:30pm Straub 156) entitled “Ironic Storytelling for Public Lands: Indigenizing Justice and Coalition-Building” and Carolyn Finney’s keynote address (Friday, May 11th @ 7:30pm, Straub 156). Finley is the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors.

The symposium opens with the annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture, which will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the University of Oregon Many Nations Longhouse and feature Dr. Margaret Hiza Redsteer and Dr. Karletta Chief. Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) is an Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA). Her research focuses on understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances impact water resources. Dr. Margaret Redsteer is a research scientist who focuses on the perturbations in climate and ecosystem processes and their linkages to landscape stability in order to unravel and understand the impacts and vulnerabilities we face from shifts in seasons, and how these may increase hazards, alter vegetation composition and degrade ecosystem services.

More information about the event and our speakers is available here:

This event is co-sponsored by the UO Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Environmental Studies Program, the UO Native American Student Union, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs in partnership with the Teaching Engagement Program (TEP), the University of Oregon Fund for Community Engaged Teaching Program, the UO Climate Change Research Group, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station. This event is also part of the Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Project.


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