Calendar of Events
- February 9 - Changing Climate, Fire Regimes, and the Future of Western North American Forests
- February 17 - An Evening with the Author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
- February 23 - Paris, Glasgow: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward on the U.S. International Climate Agenda
- March 7 - Wildfire and Climate Change in the Rural Northwest: Learning from Malden
- March 22 - Becoming Planetary: From the Personal to the Political
- April 22-23 - Conference: Hope for Creation (co-sponsor)
- May 20-22 - Conference: Climate Change and the Philosophy of Organism
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February 9 - Changing Climate, Fire Regimes, and the Future of Western North American Forests
Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Coop
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Hemmingson Center Auditorium, Gonzaga University
Free and open to the public*
About the speaker: Dr. Jonathan Coop is a professor of Biology and ENVS at Western Colorado University. He is a plant community ecologist whose research, with many students and collaborators, revolves around forest dynamics in response to changing fire regimes and climate. He also works closely with land managers to develop and assess strategies for times of certain change of uncertain rate and magnitude.
Co-sponsor: Gonzaga Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences
February 17 - An Evening with the Author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer
Speaker: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, PhD, Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Time: 5:30pm (Pacific Time)
Free and open to the public.
Join us for a memorable evening with the award-winning author of Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants is about alternative forms of Indigenous knowledge outside of traditional scientific methodologies. The book reframes the relationship between land and humans by exploring themes of reciprocity. Braiding Sweetgrass focuses on plants and botany as seen through Native American traditions and Western scientific traditions. The book received largely positive reviews, appearing on several bestseller lists. Professor Kimmerer is known for her scholarship on traditional ecological knowledge, ethnobotany, and moss ecology.
This event is co-hosted by the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment, the Gonzaga School of Leadership Studies, and the Gonzaga Native American Studies Department.
About the speaker: Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants, which has earned Kimmerer wide acclaim. Her first book, Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Kimmerer is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, whose mission is to create programs which draw on the wisdom of both indigenous and scientific knowledge for our shared goals of sustainability.
As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She holds a BS in Botany from SUNY ESF, an MS and PhD in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and is the author of numerous scientific papers on plant ecology, bryophyte ecology, traditional knowledge and restoration ecology. As a writer and a scientist, her interests in restoration include not only restoration of ecological communities, but restoration of our relationships to land. She lives on an old farm in upstate New York, tending gardens both cultivated and wild.
February 23 - Paris, Glasgow: Lessons Learned and Ways Forward on the U.S. International Climate Agenda
Speaker: Alan Yu, U.S. Department of State
Time: 4:30 pm PT
Free and open to the public*
About the speaker: Alan Yu is a senior advisor for U.S. Special Presidential Advisor for Climate John Kerry, focusing on U.S. climate policy strategy with countries in the Indo-Pacific region. From 2019-21 he was a senior fellow and the director of International Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where he led CAP’s work to advance a progressive agenda to restore U.S. climate change diplomatic leadership in driving global climate action. From 2014-18, Alan served as the Department of Energy’s Director for Asian Affairs, where he coordinated the efforts and resources of the full range of DOE's senior leadership, technical offices and national labs to assure a unified strategy in U.S. energy policy and technical engagement with countries in Northeast, Southeast and South Asia. Prior to DOE, Alan served for 25 years as a U.S. diplomat at the State Department, with postings in Washington, China, Japan and Afghanistan. Alan received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.
March 7 - Climate Change in the Rural Northwest: Learning from Malden
Speaker: Scott Hokonson
In this talk Scott Hokonson will discuss the urgency of planning to be resilient to our changing climate and lessons learned that can help other communities in the Inland Northwest.
About the speaker: Hokonson is Project Director for the Pine Creek Community Long Term Restoration Group. He is a Malden firefighter and Malden town council member who was working towards his masters in urban planning and social work when Malden burned in the Labor Day fires of 2020.
March 22 - Becoming Planetary: From the Personal to the Political
Speaker: Karen Litfin, Ph.D.
About the speaker: Litfin has been on the faculty of the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington since 1991, and received her Ph.D. in the following year from UCLA. She specializes in global environmental politics, with core interests in green theory, the science/policy interface, and “person/planet politics.” Her books include Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in International Environmental Cooperation (Columbia University Press, 1994) and The Greening of Sovereignty in World Politics (MIT Press, 1998).
Co-sponsor: Faculty Senate Speakers Committee
April 22-23 - Hope for Creation Conference
Date: Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 2022
Hosts: Whitworth University, The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment
Location: The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Avenue, Spokane, WA
Registration & conference website: whitworth.edu/HopeForCreation
Hosted by St. John’s Cathedral, in partnership with the Whitworth Office of Church Engagement and the Gonzaga Climate Center, the Hope for Creation Conference is designed to share a vision of hope for creation; spotlight local caretakers of land, water and air; and renew Spokane's leadership on environmental care.
Expo '74 was the first world's fair dedicated to the environment. It brought the topic of creation care to the world stage and helped shape the consciousness of the Spokane community. As we near the 50th anniversary of Expo '74, now is the time to look back at where we've been, consider carefully what is being done, and develop a road map for the future. Spokane was a leader in creation care then, and that leadership should continue.
All are welcome at this event – civic leaders, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, business people and engaged citizens. All points of view are needed, and the dignity of each person will be respected.