Renewing a Human Rights Agenda: The Climate Crisis

Apr 7, 2021

12:00 PM

129 E. Washington St., Iowa City, IA 52242

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Join the event at: https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/94839769875 

All are welcome to attend. No need to register in advance. 

According to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, climate change infringes on the human rights of life, water and sanitation, food, health, housing, self-determination, culture and development, and nation states have an obligation to both prevent it and to provide effective remedies to the people affected by it. In this webinar, we will explore the human rights impacts of climate change, particularly on marginalized communities. In addition, we will discuss why there is reason for hope despite the fact that the U.S. has so far failed to respond adequately to the crisis.

Speakers: Dr. Louise Seamster, Stratis Giannakouros, and Dr. Maureen McCue.

Dr. Louise Seamster is an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Criminology and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. She writes about racial politics and urban development, emergency financial management, debt, and the myth of racial progress. Her current book project investigates the financial and political causes of the Flint Water Crisis.

Stratis Giannakouros is the Director of the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. Prior to his work at Iowa, he served as project manager and program manager for the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University. Prior to that, he was the assistant director at the Center for Sustainable Communities at Luther College and sustainability outreach coordinator at Colorado State University. Giannakouros has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Loras College and a master’s degree in Environmental Politics and Policy from Colorado State University.  

Dr. Maureen McCue has worked globally as researcher, teacher, & physician since the late 1990's. She helped found and worked within the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program and the Center for Human Rights.  For over 20 years she worked as clinician and medical director for a women’s clinic and coordinated Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility Iowa Chapter.  All her endeavors, personal and professional, focus on the human right to health within a life supporting sustainable planet – including addressing concerns about the health impacts of militarism, energy/climate change, food policy, women’s & disability rights.  

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