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Sustainability and Social Justice Event Series – Fall 2016


This series explores all aspects of sustainability–environmental, economic, and social–with a special focus on social justice issues.

Monday, February 27, 6:30pm

Screening of “The True Cost [of Fashion]”
Palko 130

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact fashion is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, “The True Cost” features interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth, Vandana Shiva, and many more.

This unprecedented project invites us all on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places that play the biggest roles in the production of the clothes we wear.”

The film will be introduced by Dr. Sally Fortenberry, Department of Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising (cosponsor) and her students.

Event contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.


Tuesday, February 28, 6:30-8:00pm

“A Conversation with Water Protectors: Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline” panel discussion
BLUU Auditorium

Come learn from three Native speakers with firsthand experience about what has been described as the most important current issue to Native peoples across North America: the Dakota Access Pipeline. This oil pipeline is supposed to run from North Dakota to Illinois, crossing through the ancestral homelands of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe on the northern Plains. Claiming that the pipeline represents a threat to the tribe’s drinking water, as well as to sacred sites and graves, tribal members and  Native Americans from across the country have camped in the construction area since this past summer. Called Water Protectors, they are trying to peacefully stop construction activities and have the pipeline re-routed. All three of our panelists are Water Protectors from Oklahoma: Chebon Kernell, Henrietta Stands, and Kechina Nelson (the last two are mother and daughter).

Event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, Department of Religion


Tuesday, March 7, 5:00pm

Lecture by Ms. Kalli Doubleday of UT Austin, “Geographies of Human-Wildlife Conflict: In the Home and in the Media”
Sid Richardson Lecture Hall 1

Human-wildlife conflicts happen every day across India – from the megacities to remote farms. This leaves conservation managers with the monumental task of finding ways to negotiate these conflicts that do not disadvantage either the humans or the animals. These efforts can be further complicated by how the general public in India perceives these conservation plans, perceptions which can be affected both by the media’s presentation of the conflict and by long-held myths about certain species. This talk will introduce you to the issue of human-wildlife conflicts in the home and in the media, across India and internationally, especially around the Bangel tiger.

Event contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian, director, Human-Animal Relationships minor (


Monday, March 27, 6:00pm

Discussion of “The Rise of Anti-Immigrant Movements” hosted by Kris Boyd of KERA radio’s “Think!
BLUU Ballroom

Cosponsored by TCU’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication and Discovering Global Citizenship QEP


Tuesday, March 28, 6:30-7:45pm

Panel discussion of “Urban Native American Women’s Health”
BLUU Auditorium

Panelists are Sandra Blackbear and Jodi Voice. Sandra Blackbear is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and lives in Dallas, where she has worked with Native American women in the DFW area as a registered nurse with an indigent health care clinic serving Native Americans in Dallas and surrounding counties. Ms. Blackbear has also provided training on minority women’s health issues for at risk parents, and co-facilitates cultural classes for health and human service workers to help youth develop their racial and ethnic identity.

Jodi Voice is a resident of Dallas and is active in a variety of Native American issues. She recently spoke at a session held in Dallas on the Indian Child Welfare Act about her experiences as a foster parent and the particular concerns related to Native Americans.

Event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, Department of Religion


Monday, April 10, 3:30-4:45pm

Panel discussion of “Native American Women’s Health & Spirituality”
BLUU Auditorium

Panelists are Chebon and Sara Kernell. Sara Kernell is a registered nurse and the Diabetes Educator for the Lawton Indian Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma.

Chebon Kernell is Executive Secretary for Native American and Indigenous Ministries of the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church, as well as a traditional Seminole ceremonial leader. Both are citizens of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.

Event contact: Dr. Scott Langston, Department of Religion


Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm

Screening of “The Weeping Camel”
Sid Rich Lecture Hall 4

In this beautifully filmed and moving docudrama, a family of nomadic shepherds in southern Mongolia assists in the difficult birth of a rare white calf. When the mother camel rejects the calf and refuses to let it nurse, the family engages the services of both Tibetan lamas and Mongolian ritual musicians to reconnect the mother and calf. (90 mins)

Cosponsored by KinoMonda World Cinema series and Human-Animal Relationships (HARE) minor

Event contact: Dr. Dave Aftandilian, Department of Sociology and Anthropology


For more information about any of these events, please contact Ms. Shawn Keane, Sociology and Anthropology Department Administrator, 817-257-7470 or