Climates of Inequality and Postures of Collaboration
January 10, 2020
PPEH’s public-facing work strategically unsettles traditional boundaries between university communities and wider publics. It aims at helping build multi-scale networks of scholars, activists, artists, and practitioners working on issues of environmental justice. This work is a crucial to forming the collaborative communities necessary to forge livable futures that might also be more equitable. To this end, we joined the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of universities, issue organizations, and public institutions that collaborate to produce community-curated public humanities projects. Multi-year projects take on urgent issues--from the public memory of Guantanamo to the incarceration crisis in the U.S., and the related exhibits travel nationally and internationally to the communities that helped create them and are exhibited on campus, as well as in public museums, libraries, and other cultural spaces.
In early November, Lucy and Philadelphia District School Teacher Rachel Odoroff (a student in Bethany Wiggin's TIP seminar in Spring 2019) joined PPEH Managing Director Meg Arenberg at HAL's International Launch Convening to meet with other students and community partners, share stories and gather together wisdom from the disparate sites of the project.
In response to the prompt: "How can we activate our collaboration around this project into a memory movement for climate justice," Lucy presented the following lightning talk on Philadelphia's contribution: