Environmental Humanities Initiative Distinguished Lecture

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.

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.