NEPS

5020

Indigenous Ecologies

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Indigenous Ecologies

Fall 2019

Taught By: Leonardo Figueroa Helland

Section: A

CRN: 7143

Credits: 3

Areas managed by indigenous and local communities retain most of the world's biodiversity, house significant portions of the world's terrestrial carbon sinks, and show slower rates of land degradation and deforestation. Indigenous ecosystem governance, especially when managed autonomously through indigenous knowledges and communal practices, has been shown to not only nurture and protect, but even enhance and restore ecosystems. Yet indigenous peoples and lands have continuously faced throughout history and in the present recurrent waves of colonization, dispossession, cultural destruction, ecocide and genocide at the hands of empires, settler societies, states and corporations driven by extractive, exploitative and racial agendas. Still, indigenous peoples have resisted and continuously organize to reclaim lands, cultures and self-determination, and to defend Mother Earth. Furthermore, indigenous movements and knowledges are resurging, from the grassroots to the global spheres, and across fields, ranging from environmental policy and land management to climate justice and human rights. This course looks at how indigenous peoples across the world have nurtured knowledges, practices, and forms of organization that underpin decolonial and transformative modes of resistance in the face of Anthropocene crises related to climate, environment, food, migration, health and other challenges. This course also explores how these indigenous knowledges, practices and communal forms of governance, cultivated over thousands of years in intimate relation to their lands, are being creatively refigured as part of intersectional and global alliances to nurture sustainable alternatives and propel just transitions.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 25

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 1:15pm 10/16/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 602

Date Range: 8/29/2019 - 12/12/2019