Thursday October 15: Fighting the Climate Crisis at the University and Beyond

On Thursday October 15 from 7:30-9pm Toronto/Tkaronto time, join us for our first (online) event of the year. Come hear from activists, scholars and organizers from across our coalition of movements about their work, how they see climate justice on campus, and how you can get involved!

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/95634388221
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Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 346 248 7799 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 9128 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 956 3438 8221
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/acdJrwYyHW

SPEAKERS:

DONNA ASHAMOCK has been an Eeyou/Inninew (Cree) community organizer for over twenty years and contributed to the development of Indigenous governance with a self-defined Indigenous community—MoCreebec—in Moosonee and Moose Factory in northeastern Ontario. Donna is a member of the Cree Nation and affiliated with Fort Albany First Nation. Grounded in Cree-centred processes and worldview, she collaborated with fellow MoCreebec citizens to organize innovative community initiatives to support their collective governance and political economy, such as the Cree Village Ecolodge, Community Education and Empowerment Project, and the MoCreebec Constitution. She is co-chair of MiningWatch Canada and a trustee of Groundswell Community Justice Fund. Her goal is to continue to build upon knowledge and capacity among inter-Indigenous networks in Treaty 9 and international Indigenous and ally networks.

☀️DR. DEB COWEN, moderator extraordinaire, is a longtime scholar, activist and committed community member. Their research looks at how conflicts over infrastructures have come to define our political landscape. They rethink citizenship through case studies in energy, transport and security with movements and communities who contest infrastructures of injustice, and work to assemble alternatives.

☀️DR. NADÈGE COMPAORÉ is an incoming Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Toronto Mississauga (2021), where she is completing a Provost Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her work is fundamentally concerned with claims of sovereignty by states and communities affected by resource extraction, and speaks particularly to ongoing resistance from grassroots movements in resource-rich African countries. Nadège’s research lies at the intersection of IR theory, the global governance of extractive resources, as well as gender and race in global politics. She is co-editor of New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave), and her work has also been published in journals such as International Studies Review, Etudes Internationales and Contemporary Politics. She received her PhD in Political Studies from Queen’s University, where her research on the global governance of oil revenues was informed by fieldwork in Gabon, Ghana, and South Africa, and was funded by SSHRC, CIGI, and CIDA. Nadège is a board member of Women in International Security Canada and the Canadian Association of African Studies.

☀️DR. MATT HOFFMAN is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also co-editor of the flagship journal Global Environmental Politics, and a lead faculty member in the Earth Systems Governance network, the largest social science network dedicated to the study of sustainability. His research on climate change, environmental politics, and global governance has been published in 4 books and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. Professor Hoffmann is also the chair of the board of directors for the environmental NGO, Green Economy Canada.

☀️EVELYN AUSTIN is a fifth year Undergraduate student completing a degree in mathematics, with minors in English and Visual studies. She’s also an artist, whose work has explored the intersections of climate change, technological and agricultural expansionism and most recently the pastoral (see http://roundtableresidency.net/2020/EvelynAustin.html )She’s a member of Leap U of T, Divestment and Beyond U of T, and the Divest Canada Coalition.

☀️JUSTIN HOLLOWAY is a member, activist, and steward with United Steelworkers Local 1998 (the largest union of administrative and technical staff at the University of Toronto). He’s been an administrative staff member at U of T for the past eighteen years. Justin holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE/UT and is currently pursuing his PhD at OISE/UT with a focus on the emerging field of research called Critical University Studies.

☀️KRISTY BARD has been a U of T staff member and union activist since 2008. She currently works on union release as a Grievance Officer with USW Local 1998, representing administrative and technical staff at U of T. She volunteers with Dig In! Campus Agriculture and Divestment and Beyond. Like Justin, Kristy has spent many years advocating for the importance of climate justice within the labour movement.

☀️DR. SCOTT PRUDHAM is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning, cross-appointed to the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. His research is situated at the intersection of environmental politics, environmental change, and political economy. He is the author of “Knock on Wood: Nature as Commodity in Douglas-fir Country”, and co-editor of “Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences”. He is also a former Editor of the journal Geoforum , and a past-President and lead negotiator with the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

☀️DR. PAUL DOWNES is a Professor in the department of English and an elected member of Academic Board. As Vice-President of Salary, Benefits and Pensions for the Faculty Association (2012-16), he was involved in the preliminary stages of negotiating a new jointly sponsored pension plan for faculty and staff at U of T, Queens and Guelph.

☀️LUCINDA QU spent “too many” years double-majoring in Health Studies and Equity Studies before graduating from U of T this past spring. Along the way, ideas of self-determination and community led to the wearing of varied student hats, including: founding member and organizer with Students For Reproductive Justice – Toronto (SFRJ-TO) and the University of Toronto Mental Health Policy Council (UofT MHPC); President of the Equity Studies Students’ Union (ESSU); Vice-President of ESSU, the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU), as well as Victoria College’s student government (VUSAC); and three-time Chair of the U of T A Cappella Coalition (UTAC). Lucinda’s evolving understandings of student mental health, justice, and her own wellbeing are in large part owed to a) aforementioned collectives, and b) the ability to live on unceded Indigenous territories as an uninvited guest and multiply privileged, second-gen immigrant. She continues to work with other neurodivergent students from across North America and began an MSc in Global Mental Health at the University of Edinburgh this fall.☀️

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