Speaker Series

Environmental Resilience Speaker Series

The Environmental Resilience Institute and the Integrated Program in the Environment have teamed up to present a series of lunch-hour talks centering on environmental and climate resilience issues.

The 2021 Spring Semester Series has wrapped. Stay tuned for announcements on the 2021 Fall Semester Series. 

Past Talks

You can view recordings of the past speaker series talks here or on our YouTube page

Elizabeth Grennan Browning and Maria Whiteman - April 16, 2021

Hoosier Lifelines: Environmental and Social Change Along the Monon, 1847-2020

This talk focused on an interdisciplinary art and history exhibition that explored Indiana’s changing environment along the remains of the historic Monon Railroad

Jackie MacDonald Gibson - April 2, 2021

Disparities in Access to Safe, Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation in the United States

This talk focused on an overview of research documenting water and sanitation inequities in the United States, including several case studies.

Steward Pickett - March 19, 2021

What does Ecology Have to Do with Race?

This talk focused on how ecology may both benefit from an understanding of race as an ecological factor, and in turn, help inform social movements.

Mary Anne Hitt - March 5, 2021

Beyond Coal

This talk focused on the hard-learned lessons of the Beyond Coal campaign to rid the grid of coal power. 

Lixin Wang - February 19, 2021

Agriculture Resilience and Climate Change

This talk focused on the role of agricultural practices that may mitigate the climate change impacts on crop production and reduce our agricultural footprint.

Shalanda Baker - February 4, 2021

Revolutionary Power: An Activist's Guide to Energy Transition - February 4, 2021

This talk focused on the key energy areas that are ripe for intervention to upend the unequal power dynamics of the current energy system.

This talk was in coordination with the O'Neill Environmental Policy Seminar Series.

Phil Sharp - January 22, 2021

The Prospects for Major Federal Climate Policy

This talk focused on how the Biden administration and Congress might respond to the expectations for significant policy action on climate change.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.