When January 26, 2024 at 12:00pm 1 hr 30 mins
Where Online

Climate Conversations 2023-24 speaker series (University of Calgary, Office of Sustainability) is excited to host its second keynote speaker, Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Dean of Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Andreotti will share key learnings from the Climate and Nature Emergency Catalyst Program, a transdisciplinary educational program at the University of British Columbia. This program brought together scholars, students, community partners and artists using an educational inquiry approach to engage with urgency, scale, complexity and the central causes/drivers of the climate and nature emergency. The program also examined the role of higher education institutions as change catalysts in society. Learn about the new approaches the cohort experimented with to address climate change, climate justice, and biodiversity loss both locally and globally, and discover new ways you and your community can contribute to addressing these urgent complex global challenges.

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, was appointed the Dean of the Faculty of Education with the University of Victoria effectively in July 2023 with a mandate to advance decolonization, Indigenization, equity, justice and climate resilience efforts. Dr. Andreotti is a former Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and a former David Lam Chair in (critical) Multicultural Education. Dr. Andreotti has held academic positions in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Aotearoa/New Zealand and Finland. She has worked extensively across disciplines, sectors and communities problematizing and offering alternatives to common approaches to social change that reproduce simplistic solutions to complex problems, paternalistic relationships with historically and systemically marginalized communities and ethnocentric ideals of sustainability, equity, and justice. She is one of the co-founders of the Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures, an Arts/Research Collective. Dr. Andreotti is also a member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.

Moderator: Melanie Kloetzel, MFA, PhD, is a settler performance maker, scholar and educator based in Treaty 7 territory (Moh’kinsstis/Calgary). Director of the dance theatre company kloetzel&co. and co-director of the art intervention collective TRAction that produces the Climate Art Web, Kloetzel has created films, events, workshops and encounters that have been shared in theatre spaces, alternative venues, spaces of public assembly, and online environments across four continents. Kloetzel is a professor of dance at the University of Calgary.