The 2019 Westheimer Peace Symposium is devoted to the relationship between “peace and the environment” through the lens of “water justice.” Through a full day of programming and a keynote address, Westheimer panelists, speakers, and participants will consider how water is sourced and treated in our local community, the ecology of water, and what water needs to achieve environmental flourishing, the inequalities of water distribution, and the movement for indigenous water rights throughout the United States and beyond. Please join us to explore these issues and more.
7-8:30 p.m. | Heiland Theatre
Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities with advanced degrees in rural economic development, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities.
LaDuke is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups. With Honor the Earth, she works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.
In her own community in northern Minnesota, she is the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, one of the largest reservation based non-profit organizations in the country, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems. In this work, LaDuke also works to protect Indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering.
WATER JUSTICE ROUNDTABLE WITH STATE AND LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES
10 A.M. – NOON | MCCOY ROOM (KELLY CENTER)
CAPACITY: 100 GUESTS
Local and state representatives (or their staffers) will join the Westheimer Peace Symposium for a guided conversation about local water resources and issues related to environmentally just practices regarding water.
OFF-CAMPUS TOUR: CITY OF WILMINGTON WATER TREATMENT PLANT
TOUR A – 10:15 A.M. (DEPART PYLE CENTER – QUAKER WAY SIDE) to 11:45 A.M.
CAPACITY: 20 GUESTS
TOUR B – 1:45 P.M. (DEPART PYLE CENTER – QUAKER WAY SIDE) to 3:15 P.M.
CAPACITY: 20 GUESTS
Superintendent Rick Schaffer of the Wilmington Water Department will guide Westheimer Participants on a tour of the city of Wilmington Water Treatment Plant to talk about the process of water treatment and its connection to water justice issues.
PONES, INC. DANCE PERFORMANCE
1-2:30 P.M. | HAZARD ARBORETUM
Pones, Inc. will develop and perform an original dance performance with live music regarding water justice.They will start at the bridge of Lytle Creek (at Hazard Arboretum) and process back to the McCoy Room of Kelly Center to conclude with a presentation.
COMMUNITY-BASED SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE: A SUMMER FARMING IN JAPAN
2-3:30 P.M. | 119 BOYD CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
CAPACITY: 40 GUESTS
Wilmington College senior Emma Marks (Agricultural Communications/Political Science) and Junior Julio Olivarez (Math) will discuss their recent internship in Tochigi, Japan with emerging rural leaders from all over the world at the Asia Rural Institute and the concept of sustainable agriculture.
WATER JUSTICE: AGRICULTURE & THE ENVIRONMENT
3:30-5 P.M. | MCCOY ROOM (KELLY CENTER)
CAPACITY: 200 GUESTS
Mr. Bob Henson (a longtime certified organic farmer in southeast Clinton County and past president of the Ohio Ecological Farm and Food Association as well as a board member) and Professor Kim Landsbergen (Assoc. Prof. of Biology, Antioch College, an ecologist who uses physiological and biogeochemical methods to study carbon and water dynamics in terrestrial systems, usually in the context of climate change, invasive plants, urban ecosystems, and land management) will present key issues related to the ecology of water for sustainable farming and for the environment.
WATER JUSTICE: WHAT YOU CAN DO WORKSHOP
3:30-5 P.M. | BOYD CULTURAL ARTS CENTER (LOBBY)
CAPACITY: 100 GUESTS
This workshop with keynote speaker Winona LaDuke (internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.) and Jeri Nheri of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Association) will focus on concrete actions that we and our community can take in regard to equitable access to water and the need to respect water as a key feature of the natural environmental (not only as human consumption.)
KEYNOTE: HUMAN RIGHTS, THE RIGHTS OF NATURE AND AN ERA OF EXTREME EXTRACTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
7-8:30 P.M. | HEILAND THEATRE (BOYD CULTURAL ARTS CENTER)
Westheimer Keynote Address.Winona LaDuke (internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist who works nationally and internationally on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice) will give a keynote address in regard to water justice and its necessity not only for human rights but for the natural environment.
The Quaker Heritage Center will display “I Stand with Standing Rock: Allied Awareness and Activism,” featuring the photography of Adjunct Professor of Public History Rachel Ellison. Rachel will be joined by her brother A.J. Seifert as well as Jeri Nheri of the Greater Cincinnati Native American Coalition to speak about the experience of Standing Rock as well as the influence of Standing Rock on indigenous water justice movement.