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Spring 2023 Decolonizing Sustainability Speaker Series
This speaker series will highlight and unpack intersections of settler colonialism, white supremacy, and systems of power/privilege/oppression within the discourse and rhetoric of contemporary sustainability, environmental, and climate change movements. This semester, our theme is Carceral Conservation -- articulated by Dr. Laurel Mei-Singh, carceral conservation describes “the territorial compromise between grassroots efforts for environmental self-determination and state imperatives to control land and natural resources” (2016, 696). This speaker series will help us think through the tensions that exist between both historical and contemporary environmentalism and Indigenous peoples.

Carceral Conservationism: Unpacking Geographies of Environmentalism, Criminalization, and Confinement

Dr. Laurel Mei-Singh, Assistant Professor of Geography and Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin

Friday, April 7, 11:30 am-1 pm

Beyond Conservation: Indigenous Ethics and the Decolonized Environment 

Stephanie Lumsden, Ph.D. candidate in the Gender Studies department at UCLA and recipient of the 2022 UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

Wednesday, April 12, 11:30 am-1 pm

Notes from Earthseed: Gathering, Land, and Solidarity

Renée M. Byrd, Associate Professor of English at Cal Poly Humboldt

Wednesday, April 19, 11:30 am-1 pm

Carceral Conservation: Environmental Management in Chains at California’s Salton Sea

Traci Brynne Voyles, Professor and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma (OU), and Affiliate Faculty in the OU Departments of History and Native American Studies

Wednesday, April 26, 11:30 am-1 pm

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