Distinguished American Indian Speakers Series Lecture to Focus on Global Warming

Friday, September 30 2011

MOSCOW, Idaho – The 11th annual Distinguished American Indian Speakers Series welcomes Dr. Daniel R. Wildcat for a lecture that will focus on fighting global warming. His presentation takes place on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., in the University of Idaho Menard Law School Building courtroom.

Wildcat’s presentation, “After Progress: Enacting Systems of Life Enhancement,” will look at how people impact the planet and will draw upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.

A reception and book-signing for Wildcat’s latest book, “Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge,” will follow his presentation.

“Climate change and the processes that cause it are the big issues we must address, issues today’s students will be a part of solving,” said Jan Johnson, acting coordinator of the University of Idaho’s American Indian Studies Program. “Indigenous people are often the first to experience the devastation caused by destructive environmental practices—think of Alaska Natives whose villages are collapsing into the ocean, the Maldive people whose islands are rapidly being covered by sea water, or the Cree people in Alberta near the Tar Sands development who are developing rare cancers and losing the natural resources they subsist upon.”

Wildcat is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment and education. He is co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University.

“We are honored to have Wildcat visit to challenge us with an indigenous perspective on a topic of great urgency,” said Johnson.

Each fall the Distinguished American Indian Speakers Series to brings tribal speakers who have made significant contributions to culture, scholarship, and the arts.

This event is sponsored by the University of Idaho American Indian Studies Program, and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu/class/interdisciplinary/aist or contact Jan Johnson email at janjohn@uidaho.edu or call (208) 882-0109.
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