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[The Global School Event Series 2021-2022] Oceania: Place, Place-making and Environmental Justice

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021
5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Odeum A and B

The Global School Event Series 2021-2022 is a public forum highlighting the significant role of The Global School at WPI in addressing global grand challenges. From climate adaptation to new technologies for development, from re-thinking water and energy systems to poetry and place-making, our student projects, faculty research, and community collaborations bring the innovative WPI ethos around the world.

This event, Oceania: Place, Placemaking, and Social Justice, will explore the complex region of Oceania, the emergent cultural, social, and environmental movements that are defining the region, and the networks of practice to which WPI might contribute and learn from as we seek to advance environmental and climate justice. To that end, Dr. Craig Santos Perez, an Indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam) will read from his work reflecting on the landscape of environmental justice in Oceania.  Craig is a renowned poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. He is currently a Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai'i, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry, and Pacific literature.  Craig has been honored with numerous fellowships, literary prizes, and awards, most recently receiving the gold medal Nautilus Book Award in 2021.  His art and work have been featured in literary arts venues and festivals, and at critical environmental conferences around the world.  Please join us for an evening of readings, presentations, and discussion.  Our keynote will be followed by panel presentations with students and faculty featuring our Project Center sites and partners in Australia, Hawai'i, and New Zealand.

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5:00 - 5:10 pm Acknowledgement of country
Welcome Remarks
5:10 - 6:00 pm

Keynote Presentation: Pacific Islander Ecological Knowledge: A Poetry Reading

Craig Santos Perez

Dr. Craig Santos Perez, an Indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam) will read from his work reflecting on the landscape of environmental justice in Oceania.  Craig is a renowned poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist. He is currently a Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawai’I, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry, and Pacific literature.  Craig has been honored with numerous fellowships, literary prizes, and awards, most recently receiving the gold medal Nautilus Book Award in 2021.  His art and work have been featured in literary arts venues and festivals, and at critical environmental conferences around the world.

6:00 - 6:15 pm Lightning Talks: Oceania Sites
Australia, Steve McCauley and Lorraine Higgins
Hawai`i, Lauren Mathews
New Zealand, Ingrid Shockey and Mike Elmes
6:15 - 6:20 pm Break
6:20 - 7:20 pm Panel Discussions: Student Team Collaborations in Oceania
  • Blending western and Indigenous Knowledge, Moderated by Ingrid Shockey
  • Linking Micro-plastic projects in Australia across centers, Moderated by Steve McCauley
7:20 - 7:25 pm Closing Remarks
Lorraine Higgins

If you are interested in this event but unable to attend, please register here to receive notice on on demand content availability following the event.

This event will be available via the Zoom link below or live streaming on YouTube at https://youtu.be/lTJU1nRwgZM.

To view last year's Oceania event and on demand content, click here.

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Carrie West