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Indigenous Responses to Climate Change: Perspectives from the Americas
The University of Notre Dame’s Latin-American Global Centers (from Brazil, México and Chile) and The Americas Research Network (ARENET) are excited to partner in presenting “Indigenous Responses to Climate Change: Perspectives from the Americas.” This virtual roundtable draws on the rich cultural diversity of groups throughout Latin America as well as the United States, intending to center the voice of indigenous communities and their concerns about climate change. The panelists will share their perspectives on issues related to climate change and strategies for promoting positive action. Notre Dame and ARENET aim to connect these communities with our networks of academic, governmental, and business leaders in the region and amplify their perspective on the crucial issue of climate change.

The event is designed to align with and contribute to the Notre Dame Forum 2021 “Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future”.

Rev. Robert A. Dowd, C.S.C., Associate Professor of Political Science and Vice President and Associate Provost for Interdisciplinary Initiatives will serve as moderator for the panel.

Nov 29, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Álvaro Pop
Álvaro Pop Is originally from Guatemala and a Maya Q’eqchi’ speaker. Representative from Latinamerica and The Caribbean in the Grupo directivo global para la Década Internacional de las Lenguas Indígenas. Technical secretary in the Fund for the Development of the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America from 2017 and until February 2021. President in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues during 2016 and an expert member of this Forum since 2011. Alvaro has worked as a specialist in public policies, inclusión, indigineous peoples, interculturality, democracy, citizenship, food safety and other diverse social, international and collaborative organizations. University professor and opinión columnist.
Genner Llanes-Ortiz
Genner Llanes-Ortiz is a Maya researcher from Yucatán, México. DPhil in Social Anthropology from University of Sussex. Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at Bishop's University in Canada. His current research examines how Indigenous Peoples employ digital media and technologies to reclaim and promote their languages and knowledge. He has investigated Indigenous biocultural heritage and Indigenous artistic forms (music, cinema, performance) as knowledge decolonization efforts. He has worked collaboratively with Indigenous organizations in Mexico, Ecuador, Belize and Guatemala, and has been a researcher at Royal Holloway University of London, CIESAS Mexico, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Glicéria Jesus da Silva (Célia Tupinambá)
Glicéria Jesus da Silva (Célia Tupinambá) is an Indigenous leader, teacher, intellectual and artist from the village of Serra do Padeiro, located in the Tupinambá de Olivença Indigenous Territory (southern Bahia, Northeastern Brazil), in the Atlantic Forest. Her research focuses on the contemporary efforts of the Tupinambá to recover their language and aspects of their material culture, intertwined with their fight for land. More specifically, she investigates the connections between the remaining capes of scarlet ibis feathers produced by the Tupinambá during the 16th and 17th centuries – all of which are currently kept in European museums –, the Old Tupi language and the production of contemporary capes, in the framework of the territorial recovery.
Millaray Painemal
Millaray Painemal is a Chilean historian and has been working on issues about environmental awareness and protection. Coordinator for the Mapuche women network Trawun pu Zomo in the town of Cholchol. Flowers therapist and collector of Mapuche women’s stories. Strong activist for the Mapuche cause and works with Anamuri (Asociación Nacional de Mujeres rurales e indígenas) https://www.anamuri.cl/
Rev. Robert Dowd, C.S.C. - Moderator
Rev. Robert Dowd was appointed vice president and associate provost for interdisciplinary initiatives in 2021. He oversees the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, iNDustry Labs, the Institute for Educational Initiatives, the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, the McGrath Institute for Church Life, the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center, the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, the ROTC programs, and the Snite Museum of Art. He also directs the approval and review process of institutes and centers more generally. In addition to his role in the provost’s office, Father Dowd serves as a Fellow and Trustee of the University and religious superior of the Holy Cross Community at Notre Dame. He was previously an assistant provost for internationalization with Notre Dame International, where his primary responsibilities included leadership of the Dublin Global Gateway, Kylemore Abbey Global Centre, and the São Paulo Global Center along with planning for future engagement with Africa.