Speakers

Prof. Gregory A. Cajete

UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES​

Gregory Cajete is a Native American educator whose work is dedicated to honoring the foundations of Indigenous knowledge in education. He is a Tewa Indian from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. He has pioneered reconciling indigenous perspectives in sciences with a Western academic setting. His focus is teaching “culturally based science, with its emphasis on health and wellness. He has served as a New Mexico Humanities scholar and as a member of the New Mexico Arts Commission. He worked at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for twenty-one years.

Dr. Cajete is a practicing ceramic, pastel, and metal artist. He is extensively involved with art and its applications to education. He is also a scholar of herbalism and holistic health. In this capacity, he has researched Native American, Chinese, and Ayurvedic healing philosophies and the cultural perspectives of health and wholeness. Dr. Cajete also designs culturally responsive curricula geared to the special needs and learning styles of Native American students. These curricula are based upon Native American understanding of the “nature of nature.”

Dr. Cajete has authored seven books: Look to the Mountain: An Ecology of Indigenous Education (1994); Igniting the Sparkle: An Indigenous Science Education Model (1999); Spirit of the Game: Indigenous Wellsprings (2004); A People’s Ecology: Explorations in Sustainable Living; Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence (1999 and 2000); and Indigenous Community: Rekindling Teachings of the Seventh 
Fire (2015).

Prof. Una Chaudhuuri

New York University, English, Drama, Environmental Studies

Una Chaudhuri is a Collegiate Professor and Professor of English, Drama, and Environmental Studies at New York University. She is currently the Director of NYU’s XE: Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement. Her current research, teaching, and creative projects explore what she calls “ecospheric consciousness”: ideas, feelings, and practices that attend to the multi-species and geo-physical contexts of human lives. Una Chaudhuri is a pioneer in the field of “eco-theatre”—plays and performances that engage with the subjects of ecology and environment—as well as the related field of ecocriticism, which studies art and literature from an ecological perspective. She helped launch both these fields when she guest-edited a special issue of Yale’s Theater journal on “Theatre and Ecology” in 1994. Her introduction to that issue, entitled “‘There must be a lot of fish in that lake’ Theorizing a Theatre Ecology,” is widely credited as a seminal contribution to the field. Professor Chaudhuri was also among the first scholars of drama and theatre to engage with another rapidly expanding inter-disciplinary field, Animal Studies.

She has written and lectured widely on two concept she has theorized: “zooësis,” the discourse and representation of species in contemporary culture and performance, and “AnthropoScenes,” dramaturgies beyond the human. Professor Chaudhuri participates in collaborative art and research projects, including the on-going multi-platform Dear Climate, which has been featured in exhibitions in Dublin, New York (Storm King Arts Center), New York Public Library, Dumbo Art Festival), the Netherlands, Houston (Rice University).

Prof. Scott Frickel

Brown University, Sociology

Scott Frickel is Professor of Sociology and the Institute for the Study of Environment and Society. He holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000). Before coming to Brown he held faculty appointments at Tulane University and Washington State University, where he was the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Environmental Sociology. His research and teaching interests center on the intersections of nature, knowledge, and politics.

A growing feature of his current research involves developing new approaches for identifying and measuring socio-environmental change and developing theories to explain those patterns. He also studies inequality in science and technology and chemical residues as cultural, material, and political objects – both subjects of current book projects.

Professor Frickel is the author of five books, mostly recently with James R. Elliott, Sites Unseen: Uncovering Hidden Hazards in American Cities (Russell Sage Foundation and ASA Rose Series in Sociology, 2018) and an edited volume, with Matthew Albert and Barbara Prainsack, Investigating Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Theory and Practice across Disciplines (Rutgers University Press, 2016).

He is founding editor of the Nature, Society and Culture book series published by Rutgers University Press.

Prof. John Holmberg​

CHALMERS UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, SPACE, EARTH AND ENVIRONMENT​

John Holmberg is a professor of physical resource theory and he also holds Sweden’s first UNESCO chair in education for sustainable development. His background is in physics and in his doctoral dissertation he developed principles for a sustainable future, which received international dissemination through the Natural Step Foundation. His current research focuses on sustainability transitions and he is one of the founders of Chalmers Initiative for Innovation and Sustainability Transitions.

He founded the world’s first master’s programme in Industrial Ecology and has also founded the Challenge Lab, which won the GUPES Green Gown Award in 2016. He has also devoted much time to more overall university development, for example, in the role of Vice President of Chalmers 2007-2016.

He has been active as an advisor and expert at the international level, for example, to the United Nations headquarters in New York in the preparation of Agenda 2030, with its 17 sustainable development goals; to UNESCO in Paris in the expert group for the decade of education for sustainable development; to UN-environment in Nairobi in its steering group for the Global University Partnership for Environment and Sustainable Development; to the EU in the Expert Group on Eco-efficiency; to the Swedish government in the Swedish Environmental Technology Council (Swentec) and in the Swedish delegation at the High Level Political Forum for Agenda 2030. He has also been an adviser to various management groups in business and the public sector in sustainability transitions and is frequently invited to give presentations in the field.

He has received several awards, for example, for the best teacher in Sweden in the field of environment and sustainable development.

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Prof. Kent Moore

University of Toronto Mississauga, Vice Principal, Research

Professor Kent Moore’s research is in Physics in UTM’s Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences. He focuses on investigating climate change and meteorology, using theoretical, computational, and observational techniques to understand the dynamics of the climate system so as to improve the ability to place currently observed changes to the climate in a long-term context. He is also an entrepreneur and has been involved in start-ups and investments.

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