The Center for the Environment is working with several organizations on campus and in conjunction with several Indiana institutions of higher education (Notre Dame, IUPUI, IU Bloomington, Indiana State University) to organize this free two-day virtual, regional symposium. This effort is being led by Professor of Anthropology and former Associate Director of the Center for the Environment, Laura Zanotti. This Purdue event is being co-organized and supported by Purdue’s Climate Change Research Center, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Purdue’s Honors College, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies within the College of Liberal Arts, the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, the Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance, and Purdue’s Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership. The Honors College Visiting Scholar Program and the Black Cultural Center provided support and collaboration to invite distinguished guests.
The Symposium will include experts in areas such as intersectionality, racial justice, decolonization, law and environmental policy as well as the arts, and will be composed of four panels organized around the following themes:
- Dimensions of Environmental Justice and the Midwest
- Pollutants, Toxins, Health and Justice
- Gender, Inclusion, and Justice
- Conflict, Disaster, and Climate Change
We will also have facilitated working groups sessions on Friday afternoon focused on these four areas as well as the New Carbon Economy.