Humans in a More than Human World

Through these events and initiatives, The Commons presents creative, scholarly, exploratory, and investigative ideas that highlight reciprocal ways of knowing. Through a nontraditional worldview, this series aims to combine forms of knowledge (traditional, scientific, technical, creative, visual, narrative, etc.) In this series, The Commons and collaborative partners will explore known and possible ways to understand the role humans play as individuals and as a species, challenge us to consider new and more perspectives, and listen for voices we are less attuned to hearing.

Questions for exploration include:

  • What can we learn from nonhuman teachers?
  • How do humans communicate urgency, and what role does fear play?
  • How do humans listen to other species in a critical moment?
  • Are there synchronicities shared across species, related to survival and adaptation?
  • What is the role of social justice in climate justice?
  • How might humans consider the teachings of previously extinguished ecosystems?
  • What does decreasing biodiversity mean for humans and for other species?
  • What can nonhuman species teach us about community?

Care & Well-being, Community Engaged Research, Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Graduate Student Event, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World, Public Event, Student Event
12:00-1:00pm CT Thursday, February 17, 2022 Online

Climate change is often discussed in scientific terms, but the work of responding to the urgency of climate change requires many voices. The realms of social, creative, activist, spiritual, food production, and many others, play critical roles in the larger conversation. As well, we know that climate change disproportionately affects certain populations. We present this series to showcase the works of leaders included in All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson. This series brings thought leaders from diverse professions and callings into conversation with KU students and the community.

Leah Penniman (Li*/Ya/She/He), Co-Director and Farm Manager at Soul Fire Farm, has over 20 years of experience as a soil steward and food sovereignty activist, having worked at the Food Project, Farm School, Many Hands Organic Farm, Youth Grow and with farmers internationally in Ghana, Haiti, and Mexico. Li co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to reclaim our inherent right to belong to the earth and have agency in the food system as Black and Brown people. Her areas of leadership at Soul Fire include farmer training, international solidarity, perennials, writing, speaking, “making it rain,” and anything that involves heavy lifting, sweat, and soil. Li’s book “Farming While Black” is a love song for the earth and her peoples.

Penniman will give a presentation, after which li will be in conversation with Douglas County Grower and Food Policy Activist Cody Haynes.

Presented by: The Commons; the Environmental Studies Program; the Indigenous Studies Program; and the KU Departments of African and African-American Studies, English, Geography and Atmospheric Science, and Geology; the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity; the KU Sawyer Seminar; the Office of Multicultural Affairs; the Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative; the University Honors Program; and the Global Awareness Program.

Link to Zoom Registration.

Of interest to:
All Ages, Faculty, General Public, Graduate students, Researchers, Staff, Undergraduate Students

Past Events

Care & Well-being, Discussion, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:00-1:00pm CT Thursday, December 2, 2021 Online
Humans in a More Than Human World, Red Hot Research
4:00-5:30pm Friday, November 12, 2021 The Commons
Artist Talk, Humans in a More Than Human World
5:30-6:30pm Tuesday, November 2, 2021 The Commons
Artist Talk, Coffee @ The Commons, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:00-1:00pm CT Tuesday, November 2, 2021 The Commons
Book Talk, Care & Well-being, Humans in a More Than Human World, Public Event
5:30-7:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Care & Well-being, Coffee @ The Commons, Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World, Student Event
2:00-3:00pm CT Tuesday, September 21, 2021 The Commons
Amitav Ghosh
Activity, Care & Well-being, Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative, Humans in a More Than Human World
11:00am-12:00pm CT Thursday, April 22, 2021 Online
Discussion, Framing the Dialogue, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:30-1:30pm CT Wednesday, April 14, 2021 Online
Heather McTeer Toney, Climate Justice Liaison, Environmental Defense Fund
Discussion, Humans in a More Than Human World
12:00-1:00pm CDT Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Online

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