Urban@UW events: alternative futures, climate justice, and preserving “The People’s Wall”


Over the next two weeks, discuss decolonizing anthropocenes in Indigenous futurisms, learn about the human and natural history of the Duwamish, and explore urban environmental justice as it relates to extreme weather events. 

Urban@UW News 

Urban@UW to host roundtable on place and politics in the pursuit of environmental justice

Urban@UW’s Urban Environmental Justice Initiative (UEJ) is hosting a virtual roundtable examining the ways a changing climate and extreme weather events are giving shape to local places, communities, and politics. This conversation will be moderated by UEJ Initiative Faculty Lead, Rubén Casas and will include the perspectives of Kenneth Walker, author of Climate Politics on the Border: Environmental Justice Rhetorics (2022) and Nik Janos, co-editor of Urban Cascadia and the Pursuit of Environmental Justice (2021), and Marisol Cortez, author of the Chicanx cli-fi novel Luz at Midnight (2020) and Co-Editor of Deceleration

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Urban-Related Events (For more, check out our calendar):

Wednesday – 5/4

Maampii Dibendaagoziyaang, “Here is Where We Belong:” Decolonizing Anthropocenes in Indigenous Futurisms – Grace Dillon, Professor at Portland State University – HHF

This event is organized by the Histories, Humanities and Futures (HHF) Faculty Group at the College of Built Environments as part of the 2021-22 initiative to host cross-disciplinary conversations on the environmental crisis. Professor Dillon coined the term “Indigenous Futurisms” honoring Afrofuturism, a literary and artistic movement interweaving traditional knowledges and cultures with the ideas of the Italian art movement of the early 20th century celebrating science and technology. In her talk, she illuminates the genre’s strategic role in decolonizing the Anthropocene. 

6:00-7:30pm – Online only. Registration required. 

Thursday – 5/5

Urban Design & Planning Professional Council Lecture Series – Climate Displacement and Migration: The unknown journey for Washingtonians 

The UW Department of Urban Design and Planning ‘s Professionals Council is pleased to present an evening with Dr. Carlos Martín, Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies to talk about current and future climate displacement. Dr. Martín will be joined by a panel to discuss how these issues manifest themselves in our State and the Puget Sound region. 

3:00-4:30pm – Online only. Registration required. 

Friday – 5/6

Afrofuturism Lecture Series: Architecture of the African Diaspora, with Nmadili Okwumabua, Founder, CPDI Africa Global Studio for African Centered Architecture

Join the UW Architecture Department for a series of lectures and panel discussions on the exploration of Afrofuturism as a design influence in the built environment. Invited guests will dialog on the contribution of Black architects, landscape architects and urban designers, and how their unique African American experience informs their planning and design approaches, and their influence in the built environment.

11:30-12:20pm – Online only. 

Wednesday – 5/11

MOHAI 2022 Denny Lecture: Seven Generations of Duwamish History with BJ Cummings

How have Seattle area land and waters been shaped by humans? Building on research for her book The River That Made Seattle: A Human and Natural History of the Duwamish, author BJ Cummings uses new primary sources to shed light on seven generations of Native family histories long obscured by colonial narratives.

7:00-8:30pm – MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109

Thursday – 5/12

Historic Seattle Event – Saving The People’s Wall: A Community Effort

Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, President of the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, and advocate for preserving The People’s Wall will discuss how a rally of support to save the wall is a community effort. Among those who will lend their voice to the conversation is Elmer Dixon, co-founder of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party (SCBPP).

5:30-6:30pm – ONline event. Registration required. 

Wednesday – 5/16

Urban@UW Urban Environmental Justice Initiative: Place and Politics in the Pursuit of Environmental Justice 

Urban@UW’s Urban Environmental Justice Initiative (UEJ) is hosting a virtual roundtable examining the ways a changing climate and extreme weather events are giving shape to local places, communities, and politics. This conversation will be moderated by UEJ Initiative Faculty Lead Rubén Casas. 

6:00-7:30pm – Online only. Registration required. 

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month! 

Support local organizations like InterIm CDA 

Interim CDA (ICDA) is a nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization based in Seattle’s Chinatown/International District (CID). ICDA provides multilingual, culturally competent housing and community building services to those disenfranchised due to lack of English, low acculturation and poverty. Though historically ICDA’s focus was on the Asian & Pacific Islander (API) community living in the CID, they currently serve low-income limited APIs, refugee, and immigrant communities throughout Puget Sound.


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