Free virtual lecture series on water and the environment

Freshwater and the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences are cohosting a free online lecture open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 12–1:30 pm.

St. Paul, Minnesota (Oct. 25, 2021)—The public is invited the Moos Family Speaker Series on Water Resources for an event of influential experts presenting the latest research on timely and important issues.

Deborah McGregor—who holds a doctorate in forestry, a master’s degree in environmental studies, and a bachelor of science in psychology—will give a talk titled “Indigenous participation in Great Lakes governance: an environmental justice perspective.” McGregor’s research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including environmental and water governance, environmental justice, health and environment, climate change and Indigenous legal traditions.

McGregor is from Whitefish River First Nation (Anishinaabe), Birch Island, Ontario, and has been at the forefront of Indigenous environmental justice and Indigenous research theory and practice.

Panelists include Gene-Hua Crystal Ng, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences; William “Joe” Graveen, program manager with the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Wild Rice Cultural Enhancement Program and a tribal council member for the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe; and Jennifer Vanator, J.D., policy analyst and the Great Lakes program coordinator for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission.

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