We are pleased to announce the 2020 Earth Day Keynote speaker for Green Week 2020:
Dr. Laura A. Ogden
Dr. Laura A. Ogden is a cultural anthropologist and author interested in the politics of environmental change and conservation. Dr. Ogden is on the faculty in the Department of Anthropology at Dartmouth College and is affiliated with Dartmouth’s Program in Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies. Additionally, she was a 2016 Dartmouth Public Voices Fellow as part of The OpEd Project in which she spoke critically of U.S. politics and climate change. She has conducted ethnographic research in the Florida Everglades and has ongoing projects within urban communities in the United States and in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.
Dr. Ogden’s work contributes to theoretical discussions in political ecology, environmental anthropology, as well as post-humanist philosophy. She is the author of Swamplife: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades (2011) which describes her long term research in the Florida Everglades. In 2013, Swamplife received the James M. Blaut Book Award from the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group as part of the Association of American Geographers. Her work entitled Urban Political Ecology is a collaborative research project on environmental stewardship in U.S. cities. Currently, her ongoing research project is Speculative Wonder at the World’s End, based on exploring the politics and ethics of environmental change in Tierra del Fuego. The research in Tierra del Fuego explores the ways introduced species are remaking the landscape and the ethics of living and dying in a changing world.
Dr. Ogden’s Swamplife: People, Gators and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades (2011) and her other works and contributions may be purchased through Square Books in Oxford. More information about Dr. Ogden can be found on her Dartmouth faculty page.
The Earth Day Keynote is hosted by the Environmental Studies Minor with support from the Office of Sustainability. The 2020 Earth Day Keynote will be held on April 22nd, 2020 at 7 pm in Weems Auditorium (UM Law School). The Keynote Address is entitled “Silence and Environmental Change: An Ode to Rachel Carson on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.”
For syllabi consideration, this event’s applicable subject areas include, but are not limited to Anthropology, English Literature, Global Environmental History, Environmental Policy, Ecology, and Biology.