CRS: Collective Memory, Environmental Justice and Diasporic Indigeneity in the Americas

Schools of Public Engagement: Global Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

CRS: Memory & Environ Justice

Spring 2020

Taught By: Abigail Perez Aguilera

Section: AX

CRN: 7496

Credits: 4

In a moment of environmental crisis, what and how we remember, celebrate and mourn is vital to survival, especially to those knowledges and identities that have been silenced, subjugated and ostracized. In this seminar we ask how indigeneity is being perceived, remembered, acknowledged and performed in an urban setting, such as New York City. What is the connection between environmental justice and indigenous knowledge systems? This seminar recognizes what is been forgotten and deemed not worth remembering concerning indigenous peoples living in NYC, including the variety of indigeneities living in the diaspora due to forced displacement, migration, gentrification and plunder. We explore how social movements led by indigenous peoples in NY have connections with global environmental justice struggles and examine in particular how to build a collective memory that acknowledges environmental justice movements including a variety of value systems, spiritualities, and cosmologies? As part of our final project, we will build a student-led teach-in in the context of International Mother Earth Day (April 22nd) and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Students will work closely with indigenous and migrant rights community and non-governmental organizations with two main purposes: 1) create a student-led teach-in on environmental justice and indigenous rights and 2) work closely with each organization to their specific needs, including the creation of a digital project on collective memory and indigenous environmental movements. The digital project has the purpose to offer a source for activists, students, scholars and the general public to know more about indigenous peoples in NYC.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Global Studies (UGLB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 12

Add/Drop Deadline: February 9, 2020 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*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: 10:57am 5/29/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 517

Date Range: 1/27/2020 - 5/11/2020