Events - Environmental Inequality

All times U.S. ET unless noted.

A Fireside Conversation with Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. External link

Rev. Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., an esteemed civil rights leader, global business leader, faith leader, and public intellectual, joins the Duke University community as the inaugural 2024 Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Fellow. Provost Alec Gallimore will welcome Dr. Chavis with a discussion of Dr. Chavis' work. This event is free and open to the public.

Date and Time
Monday, January 22, 2024 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location
Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center

Clearing the Air (and Water): Environmental Justice and Health External link

Mark your calendars for this upcoming Think Global hybrid event on Nov. 28 at noon! Panelists will discuss research that shows marginalized communities bear the brunt of environmental health impacts, necessitating equitable solutions. Kay Jowers, director of Just Environments at the Nicholas Institute, will be among the speakers on the panel. Attendance in person is encouraged. Lunch will be available. 

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
in person at 040 Trent Hall or online via Zoom webinar

Energy Data Analytics Symposium: Accelerating Sustainability in the AI Era

*** This event is now full, but you can sign up for the waitlist. In addition, you can register to network with symposium attendees at an Energy Mix on Oct. 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET. ***

This single-track, in-person event will explore leading approaches to how data science tools, including artificial intelligence, can help us make energy systems more accessible, affordable, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.

Date
Thursday, October 26, 2023 to Friday, October 27
Location
Duke University Fuqua School of Business, HCA Classroom
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Climate Justice & Indigenous Knowledge

How can we combine traditional views of conservation and climate mitigation, with ancestral ways of knowing and acting in connection with the Earth? 

Date and Time
Thursday, April 6, 2023 - 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET)
Location
Duke Law School Room 4047

Renewable Energy on American Indian Land

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the second Nicholas Institute and UPEP Environmental Institutions Seminar Series presentation of the Spring 2023 semester. Our speaker will be Dr. Bryan Leonard, associate professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University.

Date and Time
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Location
Ahmadieh Family Grand Hall (Gross 330)

Writing Against the Colonial Anthropocene

In this lecture, Prof. Gómez-Barris (Brown University) explores a few liquid and territorial scenes in relation to what she has called the colonial Anthropocene, What forms of submerged existence need excavation? How can we reframe knowledge production and praxis in relation to the assumed problem of the human's future?

Register to attend in-person or via Zoom

Date and Time
Thursday, March 30, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Location
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Coloniality, Global Race/Racism and Climate Changes/Ecological Disasters: A Decolonial Take

Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness Lab (CCDGB) at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series.

Walter Mignolo is the William Hane Wannamaker Distinguished Professor of Romance Studies, as well as Professor of Literature and Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. Mignolo's research and teaching have been devoted, in the past 30 years, to understanding and unraveling the historical foundation of the modern/colonial world system and imaginary since 1500.

Date and Time
Thursday, March 9, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location
Webinar

After Sherman: A Screening and Panel Discussion

This vast and evocative film, focused on the Gullah Geechee community of coastal South Carolina, weaves a loosely structured, expressionistic story about family and inheritance, land and land loss, and racism and resilience.

Date and Time
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location
The Carolina Theater, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham, NC

Brian McAdoo | Brown in the New Green: "Natural" Disasters, Marginalization and Planetary Health

In this hybrid event, Brian G. McAdoo (Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University) will explore the nature of natural disasters by providing a framework in which we can understand the intersections of hazard and vulnerability in order to create more sustainable and just solutions.

Date and Time
Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. (ET)
Location
In-person @ BAY 4 SMITH WAREHOUSE or via Zoom link.

Plantations Are Not Forests

This talk by Duke alumna Danielle Purifoy (UNC) examines the contemporary timber industry as a reproduction of plantation power via remote control which occurs through absentee landowners, Black family land grabs, new markets for energy, and legal regimes designed to "devalue" common property in favor of individual o

Date and Time
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Catherine Coleman Flowers: Infrastructure Justice for All

Catherine Coleman Flowers, an internationally recognized advocate for equal access to water and sanitation for all communities, engages and informs audiences on environmental justice and climate change.

Date and Time
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall & Livestreamed

No Empires, No Wastelands: The Necessity of Forging a Real Ecological Solidarity for the 21st Century

Please join the Climate Change, Decolonization, and Global Blackness (CCDGB) Lab at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute for our 2022-23 speaker series. CCDGB is part of The Entanglement Project, a new FHI initiative focused on the intersections of race, health, and climate. All talks are both in-person and streamed via Zoom.

Date and Time
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Location
Smith Warehouse, Ahmadieh Family Lecture Hall, Bay 4, C105

Advancing Climate Justice through Transdisciplinary Research: Developing STRONG Relationships

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the second presentation of the Nicholas Institute and UPEP Environmental Institutions Seminar Series for the 2022-2023 school year. Our speaker will be Duke alumna Kimberly Marion Suiseeya Ph.D. ‘14, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and the Environmental Policy and Culture program at Northwestern University.

Date and Time
Friday, November 18, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
The Generator, 100C Gross Hall

CFR Conversations: Faithful Action in a Time of Climate Change (with Avery Davis Lamb of Creation Justice Ministries)

The “Conversations” events hosted by the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation are intended to create “a safe space where anyone can learn, discuss, and imagine God's works of reconciliation.” This installment of the series will be led by Avery Davis Lamb (Creation Justice Ministries) and will involving reflections on “what the right relationship with God's creation might look like.”

Date and Time
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location
Westbrook 0012

Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary: Contemplating its Past and Future

The Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum's 2022 Symposium is in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The Act remains integral to preserving water quality for human health and recreation, and for the health and productivity of aquatic ecosystems intimately tied to our communities. Three multi-disciplinary panels of leaders from private, public, and non-profit sectors will discuss the value of clean water, how far the CWA's protections extend, and how the 50-year-old statute addresses emerging issues.

Date and Time
Friday, October 28, 2022 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location
Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall; and via Zoom

The Roots, Experiences, and Future of Climate Justice: Exploring Connections with Environmental Justice

What is climate justice? Some refer to it as the disparity between the greatest greenhouse gas emitters and those who feel the greatest impacts of climate change, usually countries that contribute the least to the climate crisis. Others define it as the way that climate impacts – severe weather events, sea-level rise, and climatic shifts – will disproportionately impact low-income and communities of color. But what are the roots of the Climate Justice Movement?

Date and Time
Friday, September 30, 2022 - 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location
Duke Ahmadieh Family Auditorium (Gross Hall) + Livestream

Environmental Justice: Past, Present, & Future

Join the conversation at Duke University on Sept. 15 for an important public event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Warren County protests in North Carolina. The nonviolent protests in 1982 surrounded the state’s disposal of soil laced with PCBs in the predominately Black community. The protests were considered among the earliest for environmental justice in the United States.

Date and Time
Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location
Duke University Chapel & Livestream

Recalling Warren County: Discussing the Birth of a Movement

The 1982 Warren County protests saw people, independent of race, come together to combat systemic injustices and environmental racism. Those who joined the weeks of protest did not know a larger movement would launch from their fight for basic human rights. And yet, these now famous efforts are hailed as the launching of the Environmental Justice Movement.

Join us for a discussion of the protests, the birth of the EJ movement, and the future of the movement from the perspectives of those who participated.

Date and Time
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location
Duke University Penn Pavilion Garden Room, 107 Union Dr, Durham, NC & Livestream

Casting your Ballot for Environmental Justice: Discussing Where Protest Fills Gaps in Electoral Process

This event brings together Social Justice and Civil Rights scholars and advocates to discuss the intersection of voting, civil disobedience, and environmental justice. As we come up on midterm elections in the U.S., this program highlights two things: the history and interconnectedness of voting rights and environmental justice in this country, and the ways in which movements have used other methods, such as protest, when the electoral processes have failed to promote equity and public wellbeing.

Date and Time
Thursday, September 8, 2022 - 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location
Webinar

Water, Justice and Rights: Conflict and Peacebuilding in a Changing Climate

The seventh seminar in the Gilman Climate Leaders Seminar Series will feature insights from Erika Weinthal (Duke University) on the role water has played in Central Asian/Middle Eastern conflicts, and how that role might grow through climate change.

Date and Time
Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location
Webinar