Climates of Inequality
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Virtual Presentations | Fall 2021
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Drawing on our own local story “Resisting Cycles of Environmental Injustice in Little Village” developed for the Climates of Inequality Project, we will expand our conversations to include environmental and climate justice advocates from across the country and abroad. Their work reveals frameworks and solutions that utilize a justice and equity lens integrating social and economic issues to address toxic pollution and combat the climate crisis.
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The UIC Latino Cultural Center is part of a leadership cohort in the Humanities Action Lab that has been awarded a generous grant of $500,000 over three years from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish Climates of Inequality and the COVID Crisis: Building Leadership at Minority Serving Institutions. Read More »
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Check out the Climates of Inequality exhibition: Resisting Cycles of Environmental Injustice in La Villita
Through pilot courses in collaboration with “front-line” community partners, students created a multi-media traveling exhibition and web platform featuring their local histories of climate justice. The exhibition–scheduled to travel to UIC in the fall 2020–was cancelled due to COVID-19. However, this traveling halt has created opportunities for greater virtual programming engagement.
The climate justice story from Little Village was researched and developed by students in two courses from Museum and Exhibition Studies (MUSE) Program taught by Dr. Rosa Cabrera, Director of the Latino Cultural Center. The students worked with community partners, Alianza Americas and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO), who helped shape this local story alongside community members.
Climates of Inequality is a project of the Humanities Action Lab, a coalition of colleges and universities across the US and internationally partnering with environmental/climate organizations and cultural institutions on a national curriculum and public memory project.
Archived Presentations Fall 2021 coming soon [Zoom Videos on YouTube]
- September 29th with Todd Miller (Author of Storming the Wall; Build Bridges, Not Walls)
- October 13th with José Bravo (Just Transition Alliance)
- November 3rd with Professor Ricia Anne Chansky and Graduate Students Natalia M. Betancourt Malave and Aleyshka Estevez Quintana
- November 10th with Maria López-Nuñez (Environmental Justice and Community Development at Ironbound Community Corporation)
Virtual Presentations | Fall 2020
Archived Presentations | Fall 2020 [Zoom Videos on YouTube]
- September 16th with Edith Tovar & Juliana Pino (LVEJO)
- September 30th with Dr. Antonio López
- October 7th with Ian Zeitlin (Sunrise Movement)
- October 14th with Oscar Chacón (Alianza Americas)
- October 28th with Amalia NietoGomez (Alliance of the SouthEast) and Olga Bautista (Alliance for the Great Lakes)
- November 11th with Jessie Fuentes
- November 18th with Cheryl Johnson (People for Community Recovery)