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Book Launch and Panel Discussion: “Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices”

Book Launch and Panel Discussion: “Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices”

Klein Conference Room, Room A510, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
General Public 

Join the Schools of Public Engagement for the launch of Ecological and Social Healing, with a discussion with editor Jeanine M. Canty and contributors Prof. Ana Baptista, Prof. Nina S. Roberts and Prof. Ju-Pong Lin. The panel will be moderated by Dean Michelle De Pass.

The panelists - women working across the boundaries of the ecological and social - will speak to their personal and professional experiences in new forms of teaching, leading, healing, and positive change. Following the premise of the book, they will take the audience through the transformative process of bridging the ecological and social in ways that challenge and empower women and society.

More about the book:

This book is an edited collection of essays by fifteen multicultural women who are doing work that crosses the boundaries of ecological and social healing. The women are prominent academics, writers and leaders spanning Native American, Indigenous, Asian, African, Latina, Jewish and Multiracial backgrounds. The contributors express a myriad of ways that the relationship between the ecological and social have brought new understanding to their experiences and work in the world. 

Ecological and Social Healing is rooted in these ideas and speaks to an "edge awareness or consciousness." In essence this speaks to the power of integrating multiple and often conflicting views and the transformations that result. 

This book will appeal to those working, teaching and learning in the fields of social justice, environmental issues, women's studies, spirituality, transformative/environmental/sustainability leadership, and interdisciplinary/intersectionality studies.


Jeanine M. Canty, Ph.D. is a professor and chair of the Environmental Studies department at Naropa University in Boulder, CO. A lover of nature, justice, and contemplative practice, Jeanine teaches courses in Ecopsychology, Deep Ecology, Multicultural Perspectives for Environmental Leaders and an 8-day Wilderness solo, teaching in both the Environmental Studies and MA in Environmental Leadership programs. Her work intersects issues of social and ecological justice and she is very interested in the process individuals go through to reach heightened awareness and translating this to positive change.

Ana Baptista is the Chair of the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at The New School. She was most recently the Director of the Energy and Environment Program at the Regional Plan Association where she oversaw a diverse portfolio of issues ranging from climate change to greenspace preservation across the New York metropolitan region. Prior to RPA, Ana was the Director of Environmental and Planning programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation for over seven years. At ICC she oversaw a wide range of environmental justice, community development and community based planning and research projects in her native Ironbound community in Newark, New Jersey. Ana grew up in the Ironbound where she was part of the environmental justice struggles that later shaped her professional and academic interests.

Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D. is a dynamic educator and respected leader. Her work provides leaders and managers in outdoor recreation/adventure, natural resource education, and conservation with ideas and resources needed to respond more effectively to changing demographics, as well as cultural shifts and trends across the U.S. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism at San Francisco State University, Director of the Pacific Leadership Institute, and incoming Director of the SF State Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Ju-Pong Lin works at the intersection of the aesthetic and the ecological, the performative and the archival, sound and moving image, the narrative and the lyric, media and unmediated presence. An avid knitter, her life entwines multiple strands as an interdisciplinary media and performance artist and educator, immigrant, feminist, mother, compost enthusiast and gardener, and perpetual researcher curious about relationships between land and language, humans and all beings. She is currently the Program Director of the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College, where she is developing ways of cultivating intergenerational forms of audiencing science fiction and collectively re-storying our beloved places.


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