Spring Quarter brings a new slate of speakers for the SMEA Environmental Justice Speakers Series. Events will continue to be virtual through Spring Quarter, occur on Thursdays beginning at 12:00pm until 1:00pm PST, and are open to all. To RSVP please email SMEA Program Coordinator, Leah Quinn (email@example.com).
April 29: Scott Schuyler, Natural Resources Director, Upper Skagit Tribe
If you’ve caught King5 news lately, chances are you’ve seen Scott and his important work to raise awareness of the impacts of hydropower dams on the Skagit River and the detrimental impacts felt by his tribe, including the environmental concerns. Scott will be joined by our own Dave Fluharty for a Q&A on this topic, and attendees will have the chance to engage in the Q&A to explore the environmental justice issues at stake for the Upper Skagit tribe as well as other indigenous communities.
May 13: Monica Barra, Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Ocean, & Environment and Dept. of Anthropology, University of South Carolina
Interested in environmental and urban anthropology, race and inequality, ethnography of North America, racial geographies, political ecology, and environmental racism and justice, Dr. Monica Barra will be offering a presentation about her scholarship around the impacts of coastal landloss in Louisiana.
May 20: Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes, Assistant Professor of Environmental Analysis, Pomona College
Having served as an NIH Fogarty Postdoctoral Research Fellow collaborating with researchers in Brazil and the US to examine the spatial distribution of epidemics like Zika, HIV, and TB in and around Rio de Janeiro, Dr. Douglass-Jaimes is well-poised to offer insights surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic and its impacts on urban communities and neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro.