***Tuesday's classes will use the alternate schedule posted on MyView home page.***
Albert Ravenholt Visiting Scholar Address - The Quest for Environmental Justice: Human Rights and the Politics of Pollution
Presented by Dr. Robert Bullard
Time: 10:40 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
Location: Johnson Wellness Center, Sisam Arena
Professor Robert D. Bullard’s presentation focuses on environmental justice, climate change “hot-spot” zones and designing fair, just and effective adaptation, mitigation and community resilience strategies. He will also discuss his book, The Wrong Complexion for Protection, which analyzes more than eight decades of government response to natural and human-made disasters. Finally, he will offer strategies to dismantle institutional policies and practices that create, exacerbate and perpetuate inequality and vulnerability before and after disasters strike.
Robert D. Bullard is often described as the father of environmental justice. He is the former dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University, 2011-2016. Dr. Bullard is currently distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy. Prior to joining TSU he was founding director of the environmental justice resource center at Clark Atlanta University. He received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University. He is an award-winning author of 18 books that address sustainable development, environmental racism, urban land use, industrial facility siting, community reinvestment, housing, transportation, climate justice, disasters, emergency response and community resilience, smart growth and regional equity. He is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium. Dr. Bullard is a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was featured in the July 2007 CNN People You Should Know, Bullard: Green Issue is Black and White. In 2008, Newsweek named him one of 13 Environmental Leaders of the Century. And that same year, Co-op America honored him with its Building Economic Alternatives Award (BEA). In 2010, The Grio named him one of the “100 Black History Makers in the Making” and Planet Harmony named him one of Ten African American Green Heroes.” His book, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality (Westview Press, 2000), is a standard text in the environmental justice field.
Food Insecurity: A Panel of Experts
Moderated by Steven Kellogg
Panelists: Aubrey Alvarez, Linda Gorkow and Dr. Kimberly Greder
Time: 12:20 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum
According to Feeding America, 340,000 Iowans are struggling with hunger and over a third are children. Listen as three experts talk about how going hungry is affecting our everyday lives and what they are doing to combat hunger.
Aubrey Alvarez is co-founder and executive director of Eat Greater Des Moines. Eat Greater Des Moines started in April 2013 and unites the community in providing quality food access for all. By bringing people to the table, Eat Greater Des Moines empowers partners in our community to connect, support one another, and move ideas into action through information sharing, building relationships, and providing education on the most urgent issues related to food in our community. Alvarez has a B.A. in health promotion from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s in public administration from Drake University. She is also a member of the leadership team for the Iowa Hunger Coalition, Regional Food System Working Group, OpportUNITY Food Insecurity Work Group and Hunger Free Dallas County Coalition. She is active in the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Coalition, Greater Des Moines Les Dames d’Escoffier International and Hunger Free Warren County. She is a 2015 graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute.
Linda (Vyskocil) Gorkow is executive director of the Iowa Food Bank Association. The Iowa Food Bank Association (IFBA) is a collaboration of the six Feeding America member food banks and partner agencies that serve each of Iowa’s 99 counties. Together, the food banks serve more than 1,000 non-profit organizations serving children, adults, veterans and seniors. These partner agencies/organizations include food pantries, emergency meal sites, congregational meal sites, emergency shelters and other sites that provide food to clients. As an association, IFBA is coordinating efforts through food banks and their affiliates serving Iowa to alleviate hunger and ensure that sufficient food is accessible to all. Gorkow has also served as the Iowa Hunger Coalition Director and is the former executive director of the HACAP Food Reservoir in Hiawatha. Gorkow is an Iowa native and graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Leadership for Five Seasons participant, former Junior League of Cedar Rapids, Professional Women’s Network and has served on numerous community groups, boards and initiatives including the Linn County Food Insecurity Council. Gorkow resides in Cedar Rapids with her husband and is proud to be the mother of two adult children, Alexandra and Alyssa.
Kimberly Greder is a professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State University. Her research and extension outreach efforts focus on promoting the health and well-being of rural low-income families, especially families who have immigrated from Latin America. She is the principal investigator in Iowa for a 17-state study focused on the mental and physical health of rural low-income families who have young children, including the effects of food insecurity on family health and well-being. She also leads the Iowa Latino Family Health Project which began in 2011 and continues to monitor the health and well-being of Latino immigrant families across five rural Iowa communities. Additionally, she leads multiple community-based extension outreach and research projects to promote resilience, health and well-being among Latino immigrant families. Two of these projects include Abriendo Caminos (Clearing the Path to Family Health) and Juntos Para Una Mejor Educación (Together for a Better Education).
GVeco Sustainability Panel
Moderated by Dr. Paul Brooke
Panelist: Dr. Amethyst Merchant, Alex MacGregor, Atlee Moss and Colby Williams
Time: 1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
Location: Student Center, Speed Lyceum
Join Dr. Paul Brooke, writer and environmentalist, Dr. Amethyst and three students from Grand View’s Environmental Club (GVeco) for a panel discussion about sustainability within the university. They will present an assessment of Grand View’s sustainability and a discussion will follow.
Dr. Paul Brooke, professor of English at Grand View and GVeco advisor, is an environmentalist, photographer and writer, who believes in living a sustainable lifestyle. Recently he has been at work on Jaguars of the Northern Pantanal: Panthera onca at the Meeting of the Waters, which studies examines the lives of jaguars in depth. This project asks us to consider creating a corridor of habitat from Southern Brazil to the Southern United States. He has published four books which feature his poetry and photography. His photographs have been exhibited in Sanibel Island, Florida; Prairie City, Des Moines and Ames, Iowa. Dr. Brooke’s photography has taken him to Brazil, Costa Rica, Mongolia and Nicaragua as well as a two-week residency in Iceland. He was trained as an undergraduate as an ornithologist and completed his bachelors and masters at Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dr. Amethyst Merchant is an associate professor of biology at Grand View. She earned her MS and Ph.D. in the study of plant ecology and physiology. As an ecophysiologist, she is interested in how the biotic (competition, predation, and human impact) and abiotic (light, water, and nutrient availability) factors impact the health and reproduction of species. Dr. Merchant teaches Plant Biology, Plant Physiology and Field Ecology courses for students majoring in the sciences as well as Environmental Science and How Life Works for the Core curriculum.
Alex Macgregor is a junior at Grand View, majoring in business administration. He serves as president of GVeco and plays on the men’s soccer team.
Atlee Moss is a freshman game design and interactive analytics major at Grand View. Moss is secretary of GVeco.
Colby Williams, senior nursing major at Grand View, is treasurer for GVeco.
An Evening of Hygge
Hosted by Grand View Library Staff
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hygge (pronounce hoo-gah) is the Danish philosophy that describes the feeling of coziness and well-being that can be found when enjoying the simple pleasures in life and focusing on mindfulness. The evening’s activities will include a relaxing environment (feel free to bring your own blanket and wool socks), hot cocoa and tea and simple crafts.