Global Futures is an interdisciplinary arts and humanities initiative for critical inquiry, pedagogical innovation, and social justice. The manifold and accelerating crisis of the current historical moment presents unique challenges that require creative new forms of research and collective action. The Global Futures Initiative brings together artists, activists, organizers, and scholars to creatively envision new social possibilities that connect community-based engagement and global movements for social transformation and planetary futurity.



A Wild Ride Through Land
Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West
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Lucy Lippard is an internationally known writer, activist, and curator. She has authored twenty-two books, has curated more than fifty major exhibitions, and holds nine honorary degrees. Lippard is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and two National Endowment for the Arts grants. She lives in New Mexico.

Lippard will speak on February 20, 2019 at 6pm in the Garcia Honda Auditorium in the School of Architecture and Planning. A reception will preceed the lecture at 5:30pm. 

Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics

Manuela Lavinas Picq is Professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador, and Loewenstein Fellow at Amherst College, USA. She contributes to international media outlets and has held research positions at Freie Universität (2015), the Institute for Advanced Study (2013), and the Woodrow Wilson Center (2005). Her latest book Vernacular Sovereignties: Indigenous Women Challenging World Politics (University of Arizona Press 2018) is the fruit of a decade working with Kichwa peoples in the Ecuadorean Andes. Her work at the intersection of scholarship, journalism, and activism led her to be detained and expelled by the government of Ecuador in 2015, then nominated in a New Generation of Public Intellectuals in 2018.

Picq will speak on March 7, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Hibben Center room 105. 

Restoring Environmental Justice

Julie Sze is a Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment, and in that capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central Valley. She received her doctorate from New York University in American Studies. Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and urban/community health and activism and has been funded by the Ford Foundation, the American Studies Association and the UC Humanities Research Institute. Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Her second book is calledFantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis (2015). She has authored and co-authored 39 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a wide range of topics and has given talks in China, Abu Dhabi, Canada, Germany, France and Italy. Sze has been interviewed widely in print and on the radio. (Read more here.)

Sze will speak on March 19, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Hibben Center room 105. 

Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption
Dahr Jamail is an award-winning author and journalist. In 2003 he was one of very few unembedded journalists in the early stages of the Iraq War. He has written for Le Monde Diplomatique, the Guardian, the Nation, the Huffington Post, the Sunday Herald in Scotland, and Foreign Policy in Focus, and has contributed to Democracy Now!, Al Jazeera, Al Jazeera English, the BBC, NPR, and numerous other radio and television stations around the globe. In 2008 he was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Award for Investigative Journalism, and in 2018 the Part Center for Independent Media at Ithaca College awarded him an Izzy for his “path-breaking and in-depth reporting,” work that exposed “environmental hazards and militarism.” He is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq (2007), The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (2009), and The Mass Destruction of Iraq: The Disintegration of a Nation: Why It Is Happening, and Who Is Responsible (2014). (Read more here.)

Jamail will speak on March 20, 2019 at 6pm in the Garcia Honda Auditorium in the School of Architecture and Planning. A reception will preceed the lecture at 5:30pm. 

When Borders Cross O’odham: Maintaining Connections During Active Conquests to Divide our People
Nellie Jo David, is co-founder of the O’Odham Anti Border Collective. She works on behalf of indigenous human rights and autonomy on the imposed U.S./Mexico borderlands intersecting the Tohono O’odham Nation. Nellie is from Ajo, Arizona, traditionally Hia-Ced O’odham territory, just West of the Tohono O’odham reservation, just North of Mexico. She was inspired to raise awareness on border issues upon witnessing the increased militarization of her community. Nellie obtained her J.D. with a certificate in indigenous law and policy from Michigan State University in 2014.

David will speak on April 17, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Hibben Center room 105.

Arts Programming for the Anthropocene
Kaitlin Bryson
Bill Gilbert
David Naranjo
Erika Osborne
Jeanette Hart-MannThe Art in Ecopedagogy Panel will take place at the UNM Art Museum on April 18, 2019 from 5:30-7pm.

The Global Futures Initiative Speaker Series at the University of New Mexico is made possible by generous support from Lannan Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-convened by Subhankar Banerjee, Professor of Art and Ecology, and Alyosha Goldstein, Professor of American Studies. The key coordinator is laura c carlson, logistical support from Danette Petersen, and poster design by Dylan McLaughlin