On Friday March 22nd, we will be hosting another seminar for our Environment Seminar Series! In AL 105 from 11:30a.m. - 1:30p.m., we will have two speakers: Jason Thistlethwaite and Jessica Blythe. Lunch will be served at 11:30a.m., with the two half-hour talks beginning around 12:00p.m.
Join us in learning more from two experts in their field. We hope to see you there!
Jason Thistlethwaite: “A neoliberal distraction: Why you are not responsible for climate change risk"
Governments across the world are embracing risk governance in their approach to disaster management and climate change adaptation. I will describe how this process privatizes risk among citizens and communities who lack the resources and capacity to support risk reduction. Effective disaster and climate change risk governance requires an expansion of government authority that will only emerge if the assumptions behind risk governance are politicized within the public realm.
Jessica Blythe: (Re)politicizing transformations to sustainability
The notion of transformation has captured the imagination of sustainability thinkers. Yet, much of the emergent transformation discourse is characterized by a normative tone that presents radical change as both apolitical and inevitable. Transformations, I suggest, are ultimately shaped by multiple actors, with multiple forms of power, pursuing multiple objectives across scales and, as such, are usefully understood as inherently political and subjective.
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