2020 Research Symposium

ERI Research Symposium: From Crisis to Resilience

Entering the third year of its mission, the Environmental Resilience Institute continues to facilitate Hoosiers’ resiliency in the face of the climate change crisis. Yet this year is like no other. Our conversations and research now cohere around a constellation of other crises as well.

The coronavirus pandemic and racial justice movement against police brutality have shown how environmental racism becomes manifest in compromised human health, social disruption, and economic impoverishment. The crisis of systemic racism and of COVID-19 have converged to reveal a "pandemic within a pandemic," as people of color are uniquely susceptible to three crises—police brutality, devastating unemployment, and the deadliest pandemic in over a century.

As we gather for our third annual ERI research symposium, we will hear from researchers and experts about how the pandemic and racial injustice have informed their work, and what lessons we might take from our current moment as we move forward with our commitment to resilience and building more just and healthier communities.

Keynote Speakers - December 4, 2020

Prerecorded presentations will be made available from the keynote speakers.

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Raina Plowright

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University

Plowright will be discussing the ongoing pandemic and its relation to climate change.

Kimberly Wasserman

Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Wasserman will be discussing how structural racism shapes our social institutions and lived environments.

Opening Remarks (3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

Janet McCabe

McCabe, the director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, is a professor of practice at the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and a former administrator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Kimberly Wasserman

Executive Director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

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Gabe Filippelli

IUPUI Chancellor's Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Health

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Jason Kelly

Director, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute

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Raina Plowright

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University

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Ana Bento

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University

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Karo Omodior

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University

Closing Remarks (4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Eric Sandweiss

Sandweiss is the Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor of History and an adjunct professor in Folklore and Ethnomusicology.