From the Sight of Extraction: Thinking Globally with Indigeneity
Tuesday, February 19
4:30 p.m. in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs
This talk by Macarena Gómez-Barris will draw upon Gómez-Barris’ recent work in The Extractive Zone (Duke University Press 2017) and Beyond the Pink Tide (University of California Press 2018) to consider how we might refuse the logics of extractive capitalism by centering Indigenous and Afro-based knowledge production and artistic praxis. What does comparative Indigenous Studies outside of the frame of the nation-state do for a global and future oriented model of scholarship? How can we learn from sites and sights of catastrophe? Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chair of Social Science & Cultural Studies and director, Global South Center, at Pratt Institute.
Building a Campaign to Conserve Canada’s Great Northern Boreal Forest
Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series
Thursday, February 21
12:30 p.m. in The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center 103
Bring lunch to enjoy during the presentation.
Liz Barratt-Brown, Senior Advisor to the International Program, Natural Resources Defense Council, will address why conserving Canada’s boreal forest is so critical – for Indigenous Peoples, for species like the iconic caribou, and for shielding against climate chaos. She will describe how tissue paper is literally flushing the boreal down the drain and what NRDC’s newly launched campaign intends to do about it.
Human and Environmental Microbial Health: A Global Perspective
Thursday, February 21
7:00 p.m. in Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center
The human microbiome is now recognized as a dynamic part of the human ecosystem, and research demonstrates that using ecology to understand this ecosystem has profound benefits for patient wellness. Changes in the human microbiome have substantial influence on atopy, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, and a range of complex conditions and disease states. Jack Gilbert will discuss evidence of these conditions and how we have started to disturb the delicate balance of the immune-microbe equilibrium, impacting the development and function of our immune systems. He will also highlight the distance we have placed between our children and the microbial world, which has been demonstrated to have a substantial influence on their physiological, immunological, neurological and even endocrinological development. Jack Gilbert is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, and Faculty Director of The Microbiome Center.