Purchase College Welcomes International Scholars for Earth Day Symposium

April 22, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Purchase College, SUNY
735 Anderson Hill Rd
Purchase, NY 10577
School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Purchase College-SUNY, named one of the “greenest schools” in the country by The Princeton Review, will hold a day-long symposium about water and class struggle. In acknowledgement of Earth Day, the symposium will take place on Friday, April 22 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the Neuberger Museum of Art Study. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Geography at the City University of New York Graduate Center and Purchase College’s Inaugural Eugene Grant Distinguished Scholar, will moderate. The symposium will feature speakers from a wide range of disciplines who will discuss their research or art as it relates to water and class struggle.

Suzanne Kessler, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, said, “This year, under the leadership of Ruth Wilson Gilmore, we came together to explore a variety of questions related to water and how water quantity and quality are fundamental to social justice. We thank Eugene and Emily Grant for making this in-depth engagement with such an important subject possible, and look forward to welcoming the community to this capstone event.”

About the symposium

Maria Luisa Mendonca, Professor of International Relations Department of University of Rio de Janeiro and the Director of Network for Social Justice and Human Rights will discuss Water/Land Grabbing and the Global Economic Crises from 10:00 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.

Françoise Vergés, a journalist and author, will discuss Vulnerability, Race, Gender, Climate, and Movement from 10:35 to 11:05 a.m.

Renée Green, an internationally recognized artist, writer, and filmmaker and professor of art, culture, and technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will discuss Endless Dreams and Water Between from 11:05 to 11:35 a.m.

Malini Ranganathan, a critical geographer at the School of International Service at American University in Washington D.C., whose research focuses on water and land governance in India will discuss Cities and Water in the Global South and Beyond from 11:35 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.

These discussions will be followed by a summary and wrap up by Ruth Wilson Gilmore who will also moderate an open discussion.

The Eugene Grant Distinguished Scholar is made possible through the generosity of Eugene and Emily Grant.

About Purchase CollegeSUNY

Purchase College, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges, was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College–SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu

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