Participants for Thursday, September 28th at The Burchfield Penney Art Center
Director of the Paleoclimate Lab and Associate Professor of Geology at the University at Buffalo.
Author of The Everest Effect and Associate Professor of English at the University at Buffalo.
RYAN McPHERERSON (Moderator)
Chief Sustainability Officer at the University at Buffalo.
Director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice Program.
Author of The Genius of Earth Day and Professor of History at the University at Buffalo.
Spotlight Speaker for Friday, September 29th – Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Bill McKibben is an environmentalist author and social activist. Follow the link below for more information.
Participants for Saturday, September 30th – Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State College
Kevin D. Blair, Ph.D, is Professor of Social Work and Chair of the Social Work Department at Niagara University. Over the past ten years Dr. Blair has primarily focused his work on ways in which universities can better education undergraduates about poverty and ways in which universities can impact poverty in their communities. One of his recent publications is the “Undergraduates Perceptions of Poverty Tracking Survey” (UPPTS) which help educators assess their impact on undergraduate students’ awareness of and attitudes toward those living in poverty.
Irus Braverman is Professor of Law and Adjunct Professor of Geography at UB. She is author of Planted Flags: Trees, Land, and Law in Israel/Palestine (2009), Zooland: The Institution of Captivity (2012), and Wild Life: The Institution of Nature (2015). Braverman is currently writing the book Coral Whisperers: Scientists on The Brink.
“CRISPR and the Law.” Mitchell Lecture, Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo SUNY, October 21, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjaA4g3azj0.
“The Death and Life of Threatened Species Lists.” Tel Aviv University. The Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel. June 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90JEvKbsNZo.
“Wild Life.” Sydney Ideas: Sydney Environment Institute and Human-Animal Research Network, University of Sydney, May 11, 2015. http://sydney.edu.au/sydney_ideas/lectures/2015/professor_irus_braverman.shtml.
Eric Dolph, M.Arch., is a registered architect, LEED accredited professional, and professor of interior design at Buffalo State College. His research investigates the use of technologies including virtual reality to assist students in exploring concepts of spatial complexity in the built environment.
Rahwa Ghirmatzion is the Deputy Director of People United for Sustainable Housing, Inc. (PUSH Buffalo), a local membership-based community organization that combines green affordable housing construction, community-based renewable energy projects, housing weatherization, green jobs training, green infrastructure, and vacant land restoration projects toward the goal of creating pathways to employment for neighborhood residents while, reducing our carbon footprint.
Judith Goldman is core faculty in the Poetics Program (English) at UB. Her current manuscript , _____ Mt. [blank mount] works with three centuries of environmental imagination around Mont Blanc, by revisiting P.B. Shelley’s iconic Romantic poem “Mont Blanc” (1816). She also collaborates with a visual artist and a computer scientist to make multi-media, generative art installations focused on climate change.
Jason Grinnell is Chair of the Philosophy Department and an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Buffalo State College. Jason’s research focuses on the role of character in professional and applied ethics, and on philosophical issues in education and curriculum. Jason’s work is frequently inter-disciplinary, and he has taught, presented, and published with colleagues from several other disciplines.
Mariama McCoy is originally from Philadelphia PA, but has lived in Buffalo NY for the last 5 years. She is a college freshman at Canisius College having graduated from International Preparatory School, Buffalo Public School #198 in June of 2017. Mariama aspires to leave a lasting imprint in her community by helping others through art, and she plans to major in Adolescent Education to pursue her dream to become an art therapist or art teacher. Mariama is the Campaign Assistant for the Youth Climate Justice Campaign of the Western New York Environmental Alliance. She is a youth leader with the National Federation for Just Communities, and a participant in both Leadership Buffalo and Upward Bound.
Amy McMillan is the Interim Director of the Honors Program and Associate Professor of Biology at Buffalo State College. As a conservation geneticist, Amy has studied a variety of species. The demographics, genetics, disease, behavior and conservation of the Eastern Hellbender has occupied much of her time for the last 14 years.
In September of 2011, Mr. McPherson was named the University at Buffalo’s first Chief Sustainability Officer. In his role as the CSO, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation, and tools to reduce UB’s footprint on the future and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness. He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research to further UB’s sustainability efforts.
LESLIE JAMES PICKERING
Leslie James Pickering is a former Spokesperson for the underground Earth Liberation Front, a Co-Owner of Burning Books, an author and lecturer, focusing on the more radical elements of social justice and environmental struggles
Dr. Porter serves as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Canisius College. She teaches humanities focused courses in the Environmental Studies Program and literature courses focused on the interconnections of human and non-human animals. Her teaching and research have long focused on the power of language and narrative in shaping identity. Ecocritical perspectives on literature are central to her interests with a particular focus on the intersections of identity with nature, place and of course–storytelling.
Dr. Dave Reilly is the director of International Studies and chair of the Department of Political Science at Niagara University in Lewiston, NY, where he teaches Environmental Policy among many other courses. He is the president of the NU Faculty Union and faculty advisor for the Black Student Union. Dave is a co-founder of the Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and the Environment on Grand Island; the organization’s mission is to be a voice for wildlife and stewards of the environment, to encourage and enlist citizens in the practice and promotion of compassionate coexistence and the realization of a kind and compassionate world, and to use education and action to protect our ecosystems and the lives of animals.
Erin E. Robinson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology at Canisius College teaching courses on social movements, environment, and qualitative methods. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University at Buffalo where she researched social movement mobilization patterns in communities facing environmental hazards. She is involved in a number of research collaborations with local groups studying mobilization, engagement, and empowerment in connection to environmental justice concerns of water, air, and soil pollution. Her book Community Motivation for Environment Problems was published by Cambria Press in 2013.
Adam Rome is an expert on the history of our relationship with the environment. He has written about suburban sprawl and the rise of modern environmentalism, the first Earth Day, and efforts to green capitalism. He is a Professor of History at the University at Buffalo.
David B. Taylor, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Niagara University. In 2011, Dr. Taylor created and was appointed first director of the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Institute for Civic Engagement, established to strengthen the university’s community-based partnerships. He led the effort to redesign the university’s approach to how it engages students and faculty to achieve deep and meaningful learning while making significant impact in the community.
Deke Weaver’s work has been presented by PBS, Sundance Film Festival, Channel 4/U.K., New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center, Chicago Humanities Festival, Berlin Video Festival, The Moth, and many others including livestock pavilions, backyard sheds and living rooms. A Guggenheim Fellow and Creative Capital grantee, Weaver is currently an Associate Professor at the School of Art & Design, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Rebekah Williams is the Youth Education Director at Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), where she is responsible for hiring, supervising, and supporting approximately fifty Buffalo teenagers each year. She develops curriculum and conducts lessons in social and environmental justice, democracy, policy change, and youth organizing. Rebekah also works with the Buffalo Farm to School partnership to bring local food to thousands of Buffalo Public School students and is MAP’s representative on the Crossroads Collective, eight local organizations working to bring about a just transition from an extractive economy, to one that relies on renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, ensuring that the transition benefits all people and communities.
THE YOUTH CLIMATE JUSTICE CAMPAIGN
The Youth Climate Justice Campaign is a project of the Western New York Environmental Alliance (WNYEA). The campaign receives support from Mariama McCoy; Rebekah Williams; Derek Nichols, Vice-Chair of the WNYEA; Lynda Schneekloth of Sierra Club Niagara Group; Lorna Hill of Ujima Theatre Company; and many other individuals and organizations from throughout Western New York and further.