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March 27, 2015

Pre-event Rally: 3-4pm, on the Diag

With solar bear photo op, climate cookies & sign making, human 350 conglomeration, aerial video will be taken at 3:30pm, rally speech by Tom Hayden at 3:45pm, followed by march to Angell Hall

Panel 1: 4-6 pm, Angell Hall Auditorium A

Welcome by Marie Lynn Miranda, Dean, U-M School of Natural Resources

Commemoration Through Emulation: Antiwar Movements from Vietnam to Climate Change

William Gamson (Professor of Sociology, Boston College, former U-M faculty member and convener at the 1965 teach-in)

Marshall Sahlins (Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago, member and convener at the 1965 teach-in)

Amy Goodman (author and award-winning host of Democracy Now!)

Dinner (on your own): 6:15-7:45 pm

Panel 2: 8-10 pm, Angell Hall Auditorium A

The Science and Politics of Climate Change

Planning for Climate Change: Evidence-based Decision Making in a Belief-based World“: Knute Nadelhoffer (Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Director of Biological Station, U-M)

Industrial Agriculture versus Small-Scale Agroecology: Which is Better for the Planet?“: Ivette Perfecto (George W Peck Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources and Environment, U-M)

Climate change denialism: political origins of a pro-Industry strategy“: John Vandermeer (Asa Gray Distinguished University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, U-M)

The End of Oil, US Security, & the Future of the Middle East“: Juan Cole (Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History, U-M)

Bill McKibben (best-selling author, environmental activist, founder of via live feed

10 pm

Science for the People open meeting


 March 28, 2015

Continental breakfast: 9-10am

Panel 3: 10am-Noon, Angell Hall Auditorium A

Searching for Solutions at the Global and National Level

“Ending the wars over fossil fuels”: Tom Hayden (U-M alum, author, political activist, elected political leader, environmental activist)

Eco-commensalism: Setting the table for what comes after capitalism“: Jahi Chappell (Director of Agroecology and Agriculture Policy, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy)

“Facing the Carbon Pharaohs: The Role of Spiritual Communities in Organizing to Heal our Climate Crisis”: Arthur Waskow (speaker at 1965 teach-in, political activist, rabbi, and leading figure in eco-Judaic thought)

“Life During Wartime and the Dream of an Unfractured Future”: Sandra Steingraber (biologist, poet, author, U-M alumn, one of the “Michigan Daily 4” and Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Ithaca College, NY)

Lunch (on your own): 12:15 – 1:30 pm

  • (BYO) Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Arthur Waskow: “Becoming Elijah & Healing Earth: Ancient Prophet, Covenant Today. Prepare for Pesach with Fresh Eyes & Hands” (Dana Building, 4th Floor Commons, 12:00-1:30 pm)
    • We will be looking at the Haftarah traditionally assigned for the Shabbat before Pesach, with an eye to what it teaches about active advocacy in pursuing eco-social justice today. Bring your own bag lunch, as it will not be provided.


    Panel 4: 1:45-3:45, Angell Hall Auditorium A

    Searching for Solutions at the State and Local Level

    “The Joy of Eco-Activism”: Harvey Wasserman (journalist and advocate for renewal energy, student participant in the 1965 teach-in, then editorial director of Michigan Daily)

    “Humility, Natural History, and Hope: Making Peace with Earth, Place by Place”: Stephanie Mills (Michigan-based author, bioregionalist, and Fellow, Post Carbon Institute)

    Looking Beyond Oneself: A Tribal Perspective on Climate Change“: Jacquelyn Bolman, Ph.D. (environmental scientist, member of the Lakota Nation of South Dakota)

    Every Sector is a Public Health Sector: Planning to Prevent Climate-Related Health Disparities in Detroit“: Natalie Sampson (Assistant Professor, Health and Human Services, UM-Dearborn; Detroit Climate Action Collaborative)

    “It’s no longer called climate change: Doing the work through Adversity and Uncertainty”: Michelle Martinez (environmental activist in Detroit, Coal to Clean Energy, Sierra Club)


    Workshops: 4-6 pm, Angell Hall Auditorium A

    Searching for Solutions at U-M and Building National and International Coalitions

    Student-organized and led workshops representing a range of groups on campus, including:

    • Native American Students Association (NASA): “Indigenous views on Climate Change and Resource Management” (1359 MH)
      • Boozhoo and greetings! University of Michigan’s Native American Student Association invites students, faculty, and community members to attend an interactive discussion panel on climate change through an Indigenous lens. We have invited Native American professionals and scholars in the fields of the environmental conservation, energy, and policy to share their insights on climate adaptation among tribal communities. We hope to provide a fruitful dialogue in conserving the environment and its natural resources for future generations. Aanii/Hail Michigan!
    • School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) Envoys: “Climate Justice 101: Community Considerations in Climate Adaptation” (1436 MH, 4:00-5:15 pm*)
      • Join the SNRE Envoys for an informative dialogue on climate justice! Participants will learn about how some communities are more susceptible to the effects of climate change than others; explore how all members of a community can join in the effort to combat these effects; and engage in discussions on community-specific actions we can take in order to reduce disparate climate change impacts. Our communities are the front-line in the war against the planet, and it’s time we embrace one another in preparing for the long road ahead!
    • UMBees: Film viewing: More Than Honey & Discussion for a Pollinator-Friendly Campus (1437 MH)
      • Come join UMBees for a discussion of how we can work to make the University of Michigan a pollinator-friendly campus. Starting with a few short clips from the film More Than Honey, the collaborative session will discuss the assets we have as a community to support pollinators, and which future campaigns or projects should be undertaken to ensure a healthy future for our pollinators. Depending on the number of proposed initiatives by participants, we will have breakout sessions to brainstorm project details, report back to the group at large and discuss best practices for proceeding. This will be a great collaborative session and we hope to see in our swarm!
    • U-M Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP): “Creating a More Sustainable Food System at U-M” (1460 MH)
      • Want to help catalyze a more sustainable food system at U-M? The UM Sustainable Food Program (UMSFP) can help! UMSFP is a student-led organization which helps empower students from all backgrounds to create a more sustainable food system at U-M. From beekeeping to food waste reduction and edible food forests, a lot of innovative work is already happenings on-the-ground. During this workshop, we will introduce the work of UMSFP’s 12 member groups and discuss how you can join us in catalyzing change!
    • U-M Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SASLA): “Towards a Design Democracy: Landscapes for Climate and Environmental Justice” (1469 MH)
      • This is a discussion-based workshop for people interested in design democracy and environmental justice. For people directly impacted by climate change and for people who work for communities outside their own, we welcome your personal insights, struggles, strengths, and wisdom.
    • Divest and Invest: “How to put the “I” in Divest” (2325 MH)
      • Come learn and develop your own “personal narrative” and find out where YOU can plug into the environmental movement. We will then discuss how the largest college movement in the US, Divest and Invest, fits into the climate movement and how anyone, from any major and background, can find their place, be involved and make a significant impact on this movement.
    • Brian Fadie (SNRE): “Climate Change Communications: How to Win the Debate and Influence Decision Makers” (2333 MH)
      • Creating action on climate change is going to take a lot of conversations, including with friends, family, the media, decision makers, and the public at-large. Each of these conversations is a chance to move us toward more sustainable behaviors and policies, but some will be more difficult than others. In this workshop we will arm you with specific communication strategies for making the most out of every climate change conversation, from chatting with a stranger at the grocery store to sitting across the table from a legislator.
    • Students for Clean Energy: “Renewable Energy On Campus” (2330 MH)
      • Ever wonder how much alternative energy U-M gets on campus? Wonder if there could be more and what that would look like? Come talk with the club that has been working on those exact questions and work to create an alternative energy plan for the university!
    • “Taking Action with Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan”
      • Join Ecology Center staff for an introduction to Ann Arbor’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and discussion about how it relates to our life in Ann Arbor. Work with others to plan for local climate action.

    * = Please note that this workshop is not scheduled for the full two hours

    If you are a student or student group interested in developing your own workshop for this event, please send an email with a short description of your workshop to



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