Climate Justice Month—April 2018

*Note: All of these are evening events; times and locations TBA in January. 

  • April 4—Climate Refugees: Screening of this award-winning film, which provides a global perspective on climate change related displacement (co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability)
  • April 9—Chantal Bilodeau: Public seminar by this playwright whose work involves storytelling to engage audiences in understanding of climate justice issues (playwright; Artistic Director, The Arctic Cycle; Founder, Artists & Climate Change; Curator, Theatre in the Age of Climate Change)
  • April 11—Native American Climate Refugees (seminar and film screening)
    • Seminar by Traditional Chief Albert Naquin, tribal leader of the Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, which must relocate because their lands on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana are being destroyed by sea level rise
    • Screening of the short film We Are All Related Herewhich is focused on the Yup'ik, indigenous Arctic people of Alaska who are also being forced to relocate due to sea level rise (co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability)
    • April 25—Heather Lazrus and Anthony Oliver-Smith: Public seminar by two scholars whose work addresses climate displacement and other climate injustices faced by communities around the world
      • Dr. Heather Lazrus is an environmental anthropologist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Lazrus’s research contributes to reducing social vulnerability to climate hazards and to understanding community and cultural adaptations to climate change. She has worked extensively in Tuvalu, New Zealand and the United States. Dr. Lazrus is the Principle Investigator of the Rising Voices: Collaborative Science for Climate Solutions Program at NCAR, which promotes more culturally diverse climate and adaptation science among Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists, students, and resource managers.
      • Dr. Anthony Oliver-Smith is a Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Florida. He has a long record of award-winning research, publications and consultation on issues relating to disasters and displacement in Peru, Honduras, India, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Japan, and the United States. Much of his recent work focuses on climate-induced displacement, migration and resettlement.