Power/Society/Environment is a newly-established annual lecture series based the University of Ottawa that aims to start each new academic year with a provocative discussion that touches broadly on the intersection of social and environmental issues and concerns past, present, and future.
This year, Taiaiake Alfred will be giving a talk entitled: “Unnatural Disaster: The Psychophysical Effects of Environmental Racism” A Professor in Indigenous Governance and in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Taiaiake Alfred is a specialist in studies of traditional governance, the restoration of land-based cultural practices, and decolonization strategies. An indigenous intellectual of international renown, he is the author of many scholarly publications and writings, including Wasáse (Broadview, 2005); Peace, Power, Righteousness (Oxford University Press, 1999/2009); and Heeding the Voices of Our Ancestors (Oxford University Press, 1995).
Currently he is studying the effects of environmental contamination on Indigenous cultural practices, with a special focus on the Mohawk community of Akwesasne, and is working in the context of the United States' Natural Resources Damages Assessment process as a consultant with a number of Indigenous communities to assess cultural injury due to industrial and nuclear contamination of the natural environment, and to design land-based cultural restoration plans. To read more see Alfred's website.
All are invited to attend. For more information contact: Darcy Ingram, Department of History: firstname.lastname@example.org