Environmental Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Elizabeth Hoover

On November 5, the EHI's 2020 Distinguished Lecturer Elizabeth Hoover presents "From Garden Warriors to Gastrodiplomacy: Farmers, Chefs and Water Protectors Working toward Food Sovereignty."

This event is cosponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research, The Global Futures Lab, American Indian Studies, The Global Institute of Sustainability, The Swette School for Sustainable Food Systems, The School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and The Human Factor Collaboratory. 

Elizabeth Hoover is an associate professor in the Environmental Science and Policy Management department at the University of California Berkeley whose work focuses on food sovereignty and environmental justice for Native communities.

Her first book "The River is In Us: Fighting Toxics in a Mohawk Community" (University of Minnesota Press, 2107), is an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to Superfund contamination and environmental health research.

Her second book project-in-progress, "From Garden Warriors to Good Seeds; Indigenizing the Local Food Movement," explores Native American community-based farming and gardening projects; the ways in which people are defining and enacting concepts like food sovereignty and seed sovereignty; the role of Native chefs in the food movement; and the fight against the fossil fuel industry to protect heritage foods.

She also recently co-edited a book "Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States" with Devon Mihesuah (University of Oklahoma Press, 2019). Hoover has published articles about Native American food sovereignty and seed rematriation; environmental reproductive justice in Native American communities; and tribal citizen science and community-based participatory research.

Outside of academia, Hoover serves on the executive committee of the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance (NAFSA) and the board of North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS).

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This lecture will be accompanied by a Reading Group event series.

Environmental Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture: Tiffany King

Tiffany King will be the 2021 EHI Distinguished Speaker, scheduled to present her lecture "Losing Faith in Work(s): Black and Indigenous Relations of Doing and Being With” on February 18, 2021. 

This event is co-sponsored by the EHI, the Black Ecologies Initiative, the IHR and the Human Sciences Collaboratory of the Global Futures Lab. 

Tiffany King is an associate professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. Her research is situated at intersections of slavery and indigenous genocide in the Americas. King’s book "The Black Shoals: Offshore Formations of Black and Native Studies" (Duke University Press, 2019) argues that scholarly traditions within Black Studies that examine Indigenous genocide alongside slavery in the Americas have forged ethical and generative engagements with Native Studies — and Native thought — that continue to reinvent the political imaginaries of abolition and decolonization. King is also co-editor of an anthology titled "Otherwise Worlds: Against Settler Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism" (Duke University Press, 2020). 

Planetary Management Symposium Series: Agents of Change: Futures of Hope, Futures of Concern

On October 24 and 25, 2019, Global Futures Laboratory hosted the second symposium in the Planetary Management Symposium Series: Agents of Change: Futures of Hope, Futures of Concern. This symposium focused on the role of humans as decision-makers in a range of areas crucial to ensuring the habitability of the planet. The goal of the symposium was to create a space for conversation engaging the different focus areas of Global Futures Laboratory. 

Annual Distinguished Speaker Series

Past speakers have included Vandana Shiva, Mary Evelyn Tucker, Mike Hulme and Sir Jonathan Bate. Learn more. 

Town Hall

Stay tuned for more details about this year's "town hall," to chart future collaborations and events.