Fall 2022


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All colloquia are held via Zoom webinar from 12:00-1:00 pm ET

Recordings will be made available after the presentation. 

October 5th

Jennie Stephens presents: Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership on Climate and Energy

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The injustices of the climate crisis require societal transformation. Climate policies that are transformative require integrating sacred, humanistic dimensions so that society can move beyond the narrow, patriarchal technocratic lens of climate isolationism that continues to dominate and be ineffective. Climate isolationism is a term that I use to refer to the common framing of climate change as an isolated, discrete, scientific problem in need of technological solutions. This framing evolves from the dominance of masculine, white supremacist values that disregard and dismiss the wisdom and experiences of “non-experts”.  This way of thinking stems from assumptions of patriarchal conceptions of privilege and power that evolve from a colonizing and controlling mindset. Climate isolationism has not only been ineffective in responding to the climate crisis and mobilizing transformative change but it has also resulted in climate and energy programs, policies, and priorities that exacerbate inequities and perpetuate economic and racial injustice. This talk explores the inadequacy and dangers of climate isolationism, explores why feminist and antiracist values are essential for transformation, and explains why diversifying different forms of knowledge and wisdom is essential to accelerate and expand the shift from climate isolationism to climate justice.


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Jennie C. Stephens is the Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science & Policy at Northeastern’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs. She is an internationally recognized expert on renewable energy transformation, energy justice, climate justice, energy democracy, and gender and race in energy and climate.  Her most recent book, Diversifying Power: Why We Need Antiracist, Feminist Leadership (Island Press, 2020), inspires collective action by elevating the stories of innovative diverse leaders who are linking climate and energy with jobs and economic justice, health and food, transportation and housing.  She argues that the key to effectively addressing the climate crisis by mobilizing transformative change is to diversify leadership, redistribute wealth and power, and move beyond technocratic solutions so that feminist, antiracist priorities are at the core of all policy. Before Northeastern, Professor Stephens was on the faculty at the University of Vermont (2014-2016) and Clark University (2005-2014). She earned her PhD at Caltech in environmental science & engineering and her BA at Harvard in environmental science & public policy. www.jenniecstephens.com   @jenniecstephens

October 19th

Loretta Lees: talk information on it's way!

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November 2nd

Rashad Williams presents: Three Models of Reparative Planning: A Comparative Analysis

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Description: As cities and states continue to experiment with reparations for the historical legacies of slavery and Jim Crow, an enduring question remains: how should subnational, particularly municipal, reparations be structured? To be sure, any formulation of reparative planning should certainly address the particularities of local context. More generally, though, reparative planning should --  and as this comparative analysis shows can --  address distributive, moral-symbolic, and structural injustices. In this comparative analysis, I discuss three actually existing models of reparative planning, linking each to debates within social and political theory.

Rashad Williams is an incoming assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His interdisciplinary research crosses the boundaries of urban planning, urban politics, and the critical philosophy of race to study the urban expressions of the black reparations movement. He has coined the term reparative planning to describe the implementation of redress policies at the urban scale.


November 30th

Yasminah Beebeejaun: Whose Diversity? Race, space, and planning

Yasminah Beebeejaun is Associate Professor of Urban Politics and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.  Her work is concerned with feminist and anti-racist approaches to planning theory and practice.  Her articles have been published in many journals including Environment and Planning C, Journal of Planning Education and Research, Planning Theory, Planning Theory and Practice, and Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers. She is co-editor of The Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City. 

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