Fri, Mar 31, 2023

12:30 PM – 3 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Luce Hall Auditorium 101

34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven 06511, United States

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Panel exploring environmental justice, climate change, and the future of conservation with: Terry Tempest Williams, Bill McKibben, Rae Wynn-Grant, Ramón Cruz, and Pat Gonzales-Rogers. Discussion followed by lunch and reception with panelists.
Food Provided (Lunch provided by Sanctuary Kitchen)


Luce Hall Auditorium 101

34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven 06511, United States


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Terry Tempest Williams

Author, Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Divinity School

Terry Tempest Williams is the author of numerous books, including the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceHer most recent book is The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks, which was published in June 2016 to coincide with and honor the centennial of the National Park Service. Her writing has also appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesOrion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

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Bill McKibben

Author, Educator, Activist, founder of Third Act

Bill McKibben is a contributing writer to The New Yorker, and a founder of Third Act, which organizes people over the age of 60 to work on climate and racial justice. He founded the first global grassroots climate campaign,, and serves as the Schumann Distinguished Professor in Residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. In 2014 he was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel,’ in the Swedish Parliament. He's also won the Gandhi Peace Award, and honorary degrees from 19 colleges and universities. He has written over a dozen books about the environment, including his first, The End of Nature, published in 1989, and his latest book is The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened.

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Rae Wynn-Grant

Wildlife Ecologist, Research Fellow at National Geographic, YSE '10

Rae Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist who researches how human activity influences the behavior of wild animals. As an active scientist, she spends long periods in the wilderness tracking and observing black and grizzly bears in the western United states, and African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania. Her wildlife exploration and media work has taken her to six of seven continents and over 25 countries. A native Californian, Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservatin from the nature shows she watched on television as a child, and today she uses media to increase representation of Black scientists and explores. Wynn-Grant received her BS in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her MS in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her PhD in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She is a faculty member at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California at Santa Barbara. Wynn-Grant envisions a near-future where the outdoors is a safe, equitably accessible, and postiively transformative space for all people. She is a scientist, conservationist, equity and justice advocate, and storyteller. 


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Ram├│n Cruz

President of the Sierra Club

Ramón Cruz is the president of the Sierra Club and an environmental policy and advocacy expert. Previously, he served as deputy director of Puerto Rico's environmental regulatory agency.

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Pat Gonzales-Rogers

Lecturer at Yale School of the Environment, Practitioner in Residence at Yale Center for Environmental Justice

Pat Gonzales-Rogers is a Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Yale Center for Environmental Justice and Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment as well as a Fellow of Practice and a Visiting Resident Fellow and the Distinguished Simpson-Hewett Lecturer for the Yale School of Divinity. Pat supervises the staff and the direction of the tribal land management plans for the Bears Ears Monument, which the Biden White House has called as its most important conservation accomplishment to date. He also serves on the board of the America the Beautiful for All Coalition and the Windward Fund. Prior to coming to the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, Pat was most recently the Senior Tribal Policy Advisor at EPA. He has also served as the Director of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Washington, DC Office, where he was in charge of OHA’s Federal Advocacy, legislation and congressional affairs. Previous to OHA, Pat was at the Yale School of Management where he was the Interim-Director of the Executive Management Programs for Tribal Leaders. From 2007 to 2012 Pat was the Senior Advisor for Tribal Affairs, as well as the Chief of Congressional and Legislative Affairs for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Prior to joining the Fish and Wildlife Service he was a “special policy consultant” to the Democratic Governors Association in 2005. In 2004 Patrick was the Director of Policy for Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico. He has also served as Senior Policy Advisor for the US Affiliated Pacific, Special Assistant at the Administration for Native Americans, and as Assistant General Counsel to the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee, then chaired by US Senator Daniel Inouye. Pat holds a Bachelor’s degree from UH Mänoa, where he also played football, and is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. 

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