Interdisciplinary Experts on Climate Change

The Climate Change Program Speaker series is excited to feature an outstanding lineup of academics, authors and community practitioners with expertise in climate change and its impacts. Our goal for the series is to bring diverse voices onto campus that help to connect faculty from across disciplines, expose students to new perspectives, increase attention to climate change, and leave audience members feeling empowered as problem solvers. Unless otherwise noted, each program is free of charge and open to the public.

2021-2022 speakers will be both virtual and in-person as noted on each event. Registration buttons will be added on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Alex Morales-Heil at climatechange@wustl.edu.

Upcoming Speakers 2021-2022

Stay tuned for more speakers coming in the spring!


Previous 2021-2022 Speakers

Carlos Andres Gallegos-Riofrío & Amaya Carrasco-Torrontegui

Gallegos-Riofrío: PhD, Gund Postdoctoral Fellow, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, The University of Vermont.
Carrasco-Torrontegui: PhD Student, Food Systems, Gund Institute for the Environment, The University of Vermont.

Andean Civilization Contributions to Food Sovereignty, Sustainable Diets and Climate Change Resilience

November 1st, 2021 at 4 pm CT on Zoom
Co-sponsored by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health

We present four case studies of present-day communities that are keepers of systems of knowledge, a deep embeddedness to Mother Earth, and ancestral technologies with the potential to uphold sustainable agri-food systems and to promote climate change resilience. This talk offers an illustration on how indigenous civilizations could offer alternative pathways to heal Mother Earth and co-build a sustainable future.

This event is part of Global Health Week.


Billie Giles-Corti

Professor Billie Giles-Corti is a Distinguished Professor and a VC Professorial Fellow at RMIT University and leads the Healthy Liveable Cities Group in the Centre for Urban Research.

Liveable Cities for All: Are we there yet?

November 3rd, 2021 at 9:00am CT
With the Institute for Public Health Global Health Center

For many years, Melbourne, Australia has dined out on being recognised by The Economist as the most liveable city in the world. While this global recognition is a source of great pride and an excellent marketing tool for cities across the globe that are dubbed ‘most liveable’ – is this measure of liveability fit for purpose when considering the lived experience of city dwellers? Drawing on almost a decade of research, in this talk I will consider: What is a liveable city? How are we measuring liveability? Are we creating liveable cities for all? If not, why not? And perhaps most importantly, why liveability is important if we are concerned about creating cities that facilitate healthy and sustainable lifestyles that support both individual and planetary health.

This event is part of Global Health Week.


Devon Mihesuah & Elizabeth Hoover

Mihesuah and Hoover co-edited Indigenous Food Sovereignty in the United States: Restoring Cultural Knowledge, Protecting Environments, and Regaining Health.

Farming, Gardening, and Food Sovereignty in Native American Communities

October 9th, 2021 at 4 pm CT on Zoom
In partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden

Devon Mihesuah, PhD, is a member of the Choctaw Nation, is Cora Lee Beers Price Professor in International Cultural Understanding at the University of Kansas. Elizabeth Hoover, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management, University of California Berkeley. This event is part of the Indigenous Knowledge & Sustainability | Food conference.