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International Seminar Series: “Beyond Reserves: Indigenous Energy and Justice”

Wednesday, March 4th
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Event Description

Dr. Kyle Whyte,  professor and Timnick Chair in the Michigan State University Department of Philosophy  will present “Beyond Reserves: Indigenous Energy and Justice” on Wednesday, March 4, from noon – 1 p.m. in the Bone Student Center Old Main Room as part of Spring 2020 International Seminar Series “Local and Global Environments in Conversation.”

Dr. Kyle Whyte

Michigan State Philosophy Professor Dr. Kyle Whyte

The presentation seeks to introduce Anishinaabe conceptions of energy, and those of other Indigenous peoples. A key issue covered will be what Indigenous conceptions of energy tell us about justice in a world where the climate is changing, and whether there is something to be hopeful for in the future. Whyte’s research  addresses moral and political issues concerning climate policy and Indigenous peoples, the ethics of cooperative relationships between Indigenous peoples and science organizations, and problems of Indigenous justice in public and academic discussions of food sovereignty, environmental justice, and the anthropocene. He is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Kyle is a recipient of the Bunyan Bryant Award for Academic Excellence from Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and both MSU’s Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-based Research and Engaged Scholarship Award.

The International Seminar Series

offers the Illinois State University campus and the Bloomington-Normal community weekly opportunities to learn about a wide range of international topics.  Guest speakers are experts in their fields, which include a range of disciplines including cultural, historical, political, social, and scientific topics.

The talks are every Wednesday from noon – 1 p.m. during the semester. These free events are open to the public and include a free buffet lunch.

For more information, contact the Office of International Studies and Programs at (309) 438-5276, or go to the website.

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Office of International Studies and Programs
(309) 438-5276


Bone Student Center
200 N. University Street
Normal, IL
Old Main
(309) 438-4636