Indigenous and Frontline Communities in the Global Struggle for Sustainability

On the Road to COP 28 Dubai (December 2023)

Professor Charlene Villaseñor Black (UCLA Art History) and Professor Raúl Hinojosa (UCLA Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies) organized this conference which brings together activists and scholars from around the world to engage with the issues of Indigenous land and environmentalism; there is also an arts component, as they think about the ways artists envision new futures. The speakers include important voices from Mexico (the Indigenous University in Oaxaca, for example), from Los Angeles, California Indians, and a Maasai speaker from Tanzania/Kenya, affiliated with the University of Oxford.

Friday, April 21, 2023
1:00 PM - 6:30 PM (Pacific Time)
Chicano Studies Research Center Library
144 Haines Hall
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (subject to change)

1 pm
Opening Remarks, Interim Dean Abel Valenzuela, UCLA Social Sciences and Raúl Hinojosa, Chicana/o and Central American Studies
Panel: Global Indigenous and Frontline Viewpoints on Territory and Sustainability, from California to Mexico, Central America, and Central Africa
1:15 Isabel Cruz Hernandez, President AMUCSS (Oaxaca)
1:45 Auguanita Zamora, Lider Purepecha (Michoacan) and Magali Sanchez-Hall (Wilmington)
2:15 Yannick Ndoinyo, Maasai TEST and University of Oxford, UK (Kenya/Tanzania)
2:45 Valentin Lopez, Tribal Chair, Amah Mutsun, Santa Cruz, CA
3:15 Stanley Rodriguez, Professor, Kumeyaay Community College, CA
3:45 Gustavo Sanchez Valle, President Red MOCAF (Mexico and Central America)
Moderator: Charlene Villaseñor Black
4:30-5:45 pm
Concluding Roundtable: Paths to the Future
All speakers, and including Raúl Hinojosa (to speak on COP Dubai) and Charlene Villaseñor Black on how artists envision the future
Each speaker presents for 5-7 minutes on paths to the future, followed by discussion among speakers
Q&A from audience
5:45-6:30 pm
Co-sponsored by the North American Integration & Development Center, the UCLA College Division of Social Sciences, the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment,  the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o and Central American Studies, the Chicano Studies Research Center and the African Studies Center.

Cost : Free and open to the public

Charlene Villaseñor Black

Sponsor(s): African Studies, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Chicano Studies Research Center, North American Integration & Development Center, the UCLA College Division of Social Sciences