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Environmentalist talks about eco-feminism and climate change March 27

BOONE—Environmental activist and philosopher Dr. Chris J. Cuomo will speak Wednesday, March 27, at Appalachian State University. Her lecture is part of the university’s inaugural Global Women’s Series, which is a collaboration among the women’s studies and global studies programs, the Office of International Education and Development and Belk Library and Information Commons.

Cuomo’s talk, “Eco-Feminism and Climate Change,” begins at 7 p.m. in Plemmons Student Union’s fourth-floor Parkway Ballroom. The public is invited to attend the free event. For more information, visit http://international.appstate.edu/outreach/gws or email bergstedtss@appstate.edu.

Climate change encompasses a variety of problems that call for serious and sustained attention, not only to social and environmental impacts, but also to matters of gender, class and global justice. Understanding these dimensions may help us better understand the nature of the problem and develop strategies for reducing emissions while building more equitable and nurturing societies.

Cuomo holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In addition to being a professor of philosophy and women’s studies at the University of Georgia, she also is an affiliate faculty member of UGA’s Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and Institute for African-American Studies.

Cuomo’s research focuses on ethics, feminist philosophies, race, sexuality, environmental ethics and art. Her work in eco-feminist philosophy and creative interdisciplinary practice has been influential among those seeking to bring together social justice and environmental concerns. She is currently working on a project on indigenous knowledge concerning climate change in Northern Alaska.

She is the author and editor of many articles and several books in feminist, postcolonial, and environmental philosophy. Her work in eco-feminist philosophy and creative interdisciplinary practice has been influential among those seeking to bring together social justice and environmental concerns, as well as theory and practice. She has received research grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Ms. Foundation, the National Council for Research on Women, and the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy. Cuomo also has been a visiting faculty member at Cornell University, Amherst College and Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.

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