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Heather McTeer Toney, Spring 2021 Pritzker Fellow at the Institute of Politics, will give the next seminar in her series on Tuesday, April 13, at 3pm CDT.

“Wade in the Water, Down by the Riverside: The Influences of Faith on Climate Change”

From the time of enslavement in America to today, faith has played a significant role in social justice movements, including climate justice. This session will explore the history and often overlooked interactions between faith, science, environment and life in the African American faith-based community. We will examine how churches, mosques, temples and other faith-based institutions experience climate discussions as a foundational part in addressing problems of environment and community building. The class will identify tactics that have been used as a deterrent for faith-based climate activism and ways to overcome them. The class will also explore ways that faith-based institutions can be catalysts for hope and climate action within Black and Latino communities.

Special Guest: Reverend Michael Malcom, Founder and Executive Director of People’s Justice Council and Alabama Interfaith Power & Light

Pritzker Fellows seminars are off the record and open to current UChicago students only. Register on the IOP’s website. A Zoom link will be sent to your UChicago email address 60 minutes prior to the seminar start time. If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Ashley Jorn ( Capacity is limited in order to allow for discussion. If necessary, attendance will be determined via lottery; however, all registered UChicago students will have the opportunity to observe seminars. Observers will be moved into the discussion if space allows. We encourage observers to sign up for office hours; Fellows will answer any questions you’re unable to ask in seminars.

Read more about Heather McTeer Toney, Climate Justice Liaison At The Environmental Defense Fund & Senior Advisor To Moms Clean Air Force, on IOP’s website.

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