Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, 2019-20

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Harriet Elliott Lecture Series, 2019-20

Posted on October 18, 2019

Just Futures: Equity & Sustainability

All events are free and open to the public!

As of March 18, 2020, all remaining events are CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19.

Spring 2020 events:

Feb. 4 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“What Black Panther Taught Me about Our Inner Gorilla: The Shape of Human Animality to Come,” Kim Ruffin (poster) (article)

Feb. 7 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“Paper Nor Plastic: Proposing a Fee on Single-Use Bags in Durham, NC,” Nancy Lauer (poster) (article)

Feb. 20 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“Building the Future: Perspectives on the Green New Deal,” Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, & Nick Estes (poster)

Feb. 25 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“Coffee, Frogs and Workers: Conservation in the Anthropocene,” Paul Robbins (Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar) (poster) (article)

Feb. 28 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“How to Build a Black Town,” Danielle Purifoy (poster)

March 10 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“This Land Is Our Land: A Call for an American Right to Roam,” Ken Ilgunas (poster)

March 17 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“EquiDemia: Solutions in Equity and Justice for Higher Education,” Julian Keniry (poster)
CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19

March 19 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“Believe in the Future: Inclusion & a Radical Sustainability,” Janisse Ray (poster)
CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19

April 17 * 3:30pm * Graham 212
“Indigenous Energy Justice and the Climate Change Crisis,”
Kyle Whyte
CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19

April 20 * 3:30pm * Ferguson 100
“Connecting the Dots: How to Think About, Talk about and Fight for Environmental Justice,” Justin Onwenu

CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19

April 20 * 4:30pm * Ferguson 100
“Diversity in Careers in Environment & Sustainability,” Panel & Workshop

CANCELED due to state precautions against coronavirus/Covid-19


Archived Fall 2019 events:

Nov. 6 * 6:30-8pm * Sullivan 200
“From PCBs to Coal Ash: Environmental Justice in North Carolina,” Panel Discussion

Nov. 11 * 6-8pm *  Bryan 111
“Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice,” Panel Discussion

Nov. 13 * 1:30-3pm * Faculty Center
“Rachel Carson & Environmental Justice in North Carolina,” Dr. Robert Musil

Nov. 23 * 5-7pm * Music 217
“Saving the Songwood: Global Consumption, Sustainability, & Value,” Alex Smith & Tijan Dorwan


The GES HELS Planning Committee is:

  • co-chair: Aaron Allen, Department of Geography, Environment, & Sustainability / School of Music
  • co-chair: Sarah Praskievicz, Department of Geography, Environment, & Sustainability
  • Karen Kilkup, Department of English
  • Etsko Kinefuchi, Department of Communication Studies
  • Jeremy Rinker, Department of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Ann Somers, Department of Biology
  • John Stehlin, Department of Geography, Environment & Sustainability

We are most grateful for the help of Lois Carney, Amber Martin, and Shannon Lovett.

The series is named after Harriet Wiseman Elliott. Read more about her here.