New approaches to addressing the environmental crises facing our community and world will be the focus of the next Onondaga Land Rights and Our Common Future program on Monday Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at Syracuse Stage. Speaking to "Finding Common Ground: Indigenous and Western Approaches to Healing our Land and Waters," Tuscarora artist and environmentalist Rick Hill and SUNY ESF Professor Robin Kimmerer will discuss the challenges and opportunities of weaving together these two different approaches to understanding and working with the natural world.
"As we face climate change, dangers of hydrofracking and a still-polluted Onondaga Lake, this topic couldn't be more timely," said series coordinator Andy Mager. The series is coordinated by Neighbors of the Onondaga Nation with cosponsorship by Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, SUNY ESF and nine other major universities and community organization.
Rick Hill is a writer, artist, curator and resident of the Six Nations Community in Grand River, Ontario. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Masters of Arts degree from SUNY Buffalo. He has served has the Manager of the Indian Art Center in Ontario, the Director of the Indian Museum at the Institute of American Arts in Santa Fe, NM, the Assistant Director for Public Programs at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, as well as the manager of the Haudenosaunee Resource center.
Dr. Robin Kimmerer directs ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment. She is the author of the Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of the Mosses, which received the John Burrough Medal Award for literary quality, firsthand fieldwork, originality and scientific accuracy. Kimmerer has also been awarded ESF Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in Teaching, the Undergraduate Student Association's Distinguished Teaching Award (twice) and the Baobab Society's Faculty Member of the Year Award. Robin chairs the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Section of the Ecological Society of America.
Admission is free and the presentation will be followed by a reception and small group discussions. For more information, including the full series schedule, see peacecouncil.net/noon or call 472-5478.