2020 Speaker Series

Denise Abdul-Rahman - September 4, 2020

We Are Done Dying – Transformation and Liberation

This talk addressed the journey of people of African descent toward resilience and resistance from all that seeks to harm and impede their human and civil rights.

Suzannah Comfort - September 18, 2020

Journalists as Activists and Activists as Journalists: How the American Environmental Movement Has Used Journalism as an Advocacy Tool

This talk focused on what it means to produce forms of "alternative" journalism and the relationship between advocacy and journalism. 

Sanya Carley and David Konisky - October 2, 2020

Energy Insecurity in the Time of COVID-19

This talk focused on nationwide and Indiana survey results focused on the prevalence of energy insecurity, the factors that contribute to it, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated it.

Dana Habeeb - October 16, 2020

Extreme Heat Vulnerability: How we can Protect and Empower Communities

This talk will discuss how we can empower communities and increase resilience to extreme heat in urban places. The talk will cover heat wave trends, heat mitigation policies, and sensing technologies which can be used to protect and educate communities about their risk to climate change.

Shellye Suttles - November 6, 2020

Potential Environmental Impacts of New Transportation Safety Policy

This talk focused on the potential environmental impacts of national transportation safety policy, particularly the recent electronic logging device mandate for commercial motor vehicles.

Cynthia Giles - November 20, 2020

Next Generation Compliance: Environmental Regulation for the Modern Era

This talk focused on why many environmental regulations are not achieving their aims due to widespread noncompliance, and what we need to do to fix that.

Jeremy Kranowitz - December 4, 2020

If the Lord’s Willing and the River Don’t Rise

This talk focused on building a coalition of spiritual leaders in Indy to collectively work on improving environmental equity by drawing upon common religious obligations to care for the world around us.