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Landscape Health: A Dialogue with Diverse Knowledge Traditions - Speakers

Louis AlemayehuLouis Alemayehu is an award-winning writer, educator, activist, poet, father and grandfather of African and Native American heritage. He facilitates workshops on racism, culture, environmental justice and community building through a variety of environmental, agricultural and social justice organizations. His writing has appeared in national and international publications; he is a co-founder of the Native Arts Circle, the oldest Native American artists organization in the Upper Midwest. Since 2010 he has been an associate of the Dendros Group, where he is a transitions trainer.

Atum AzzahirAtum Azzahir is the founder and executive director for the Cultural Wellness Center in Minneapolis, a cultural activist and a teacher of African thought and spirituality. She is a member of the Hennepin County Medical Center and Community Campus Partnerships for Health boards of directors, and has been recognized with several awards for her work in cultural wellness and community health.

Clint CarrollClint Carroll is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is assistant professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota. His work with the Cherokee Nation government and with Cherokee communities in northeastern Oklahoma addresses issues of tribal environmental governance and the revitalization of traditional ecological knowledge and practices. He teaches classes on ecological perspectives, environmental policy, and natural resource management in Indian Country.

Michael Wassegijig PriceMichael Wassegijig Price is Anishinaabe and an enrolled member of Wikwemikong First Nations, Ontario, Canada. He has devoted his career to the success of tribally controlled community colleges and the preservation of indigenous ecological knowledge. Over the last 10 years, he has been academic dean at White Earth Tribal and Community College, founding president of Red Lake Nation College, and science faculty at Leech Lake Tribal College. He has served as project director for National Science Foundation and NASA grants that promote Native American students into scientific disciplines and field research.

James RockJames Rock is Dakota and has taught astronomy, chemistry and physics for almost 30 years for thousands of students from urban, suburban and reservation communities. His unique approach to teaching has inspired many students, both Native and non-Native, to seek careers in science, anthropology and education. Most recently, he was the principal investigator and designed the first Native American experiment aboard STS-135 Atlantis, on the last NASA space shuttle. As a consultant with the Minnesota Planetarium Society and Bell Museum of Natural History, he incorporated indigenous star knowledge into ExploraDome presentations that have been seen by more than 100,000 students in the past three years.

geniusz_wendyWendy Makoons Geniusz is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where she teaches Ojibwe language and American Indian studies courses. She is a Bear Clan, Cree woman who, out of respect for her Ojibwe namesake, was raised with Ojibwe language and culture. In her recent book, "Our Knowledge is Not Primitive: Decolonizing Botanical Anishinaabe Teachings," she contrasts the ways in which Ojibwe knowledge has been collected and presented by non-Native researchers with how that knowledge is preserved within Ojibwe communities. Makoons works with elders around the Great Lakes region to sharpen her Ojibwe language proficiency, and she has taught Ojibwe in Anishinaabe communities in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. She currently participates in a groundbreaking immersion program sponsored by Ojibwemotaadidaa Omaa Gidakiiminaang, which brings fluent Ojibwe speakers together with language learners to speak nothing but Ojibwe for days at a time.

Dudley Edmondson has spent the last 19 years photographing nature and wildlife subjects around the country. Many of his images have graced the pages of natural history publications around the world. Today his work has taken on a new dimension as he's begun photographing people. Edmondson says that as a photographer his camera provides a tool for shaping the opinions of others, and he is particularly interested in influencing the way ethnically diverse people see themselves and the way the world sees them.


Landscape Health

Past Solution-Driven Science Symposia

Water and Agriculture in the 21st Century

Sustainable Animal Agriculture in the 21st Century

New Frontiers in Plant Health

Northern Forests in a Changing Environment

Food Systems and Human Health

Biofuels: Breaking the Barriers for Biomass Conversion

Biofuels: Economic Prospects and Environmental Implications