Storytelling, Climate Justice, and Self-Determined Indigenous Futures | Newberry

Storytelling, Climate Justice, and Self-Determined Indigenous Futures

Poster by Gilbert Kills Pretty Enemy protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. Published by Chameleon Horse Art & Design.

Deborah McGregor
Thursday, October 7, 2021

6 - 7 pm

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Open to the Public
D'Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture Series

This program will be held virtually on Zoom. Please register for free in advance here.

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What does it mean to live well with the Earth in the face of climate and ecological crisis? What does a self-determined climate future look like for Indigenous communities and peoples who have persisted despite centuries of colonization and environmental upheaval?

In this year’s D’Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture, Deborah McGregor addresses Indigenous climate change futures envisioned and generated by Elders, community knowledge holders, and the Indigenous Studies academic community.

McGregor will be joined by Teresa Montoya to explore how we can learn from the past through storywork that may inform our collective and sustainable future.

This series celebrates Indigenous scholars, writers, and artists who consistently demonstrate excellence in their work concerning Indigenous peoples and histories in addition to actively addressing contemporary issues faced by American Indian and Indigenous communities.

This program is the first event in “Relational Futures: A Symposium for Indigenous Land, Water, and Environment,” a multi-day conference bringing together Indigenous scholars, activists, and policy for dialogue around our relationships to land, water, and environment.

“Relational Futures” is cosponsored by the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry, the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, and Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, organized by the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with exhibition, programmatic, and research partners across Chicago.

This lecture is presented with support from John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe.

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Cost and Registration Information 

Free and open to all. Please register in advance.