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Colette Pichon Battle: The 2022 Arthur Zajonc Lecture
August 3, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Rooting Deep for Global Change
The 2022 Arthur Zajonc Lecture on Contemplative Education
An evening with Colette Pichon Battle
Vision & Initiatives Partner, Taproot Earth
Online, Wednesday, August 3rd
7 – 8:30pm ET, Free
The Arthur Zajonc Lecture Series on Contemplative Education presents lectures on contemplative pedagogy, epistemology, and learning.
As the topic of climate change enters into the psyche of more people, the work of more justice organizations, and the teachings of more learning institutions, the complexity of addressing both the invisible atmospheric crisis through the need for broader economic and social transformation shifts short term individual action into long-term social change. To do this the work rooted in culture, tradition, peace, and spirit requires an intersection of training, analysis-development, organizing, and solution-building.
How can we serve our communities and honor long-standing traditions of sustainability? How can we address and heal trauma in the midst of the often traumatic impact of the climate crisis? How can we learn from struggles for sovereignty to advance a new climate reality? How can we spread knowledge, skills, and information rooted in traditional wisdom while creating more humane and ecologically just standards for climate solutions?
We will discuss the importance of exploring these questions so that we forge and fortify networks rooted in a shared power, as opposed to an unchangeable fate.
We are honored to announce the 2022 speaker: Colette Pichon Battle
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq is a generational native of Bayou Liberty, Louisiana. As Vision & Initiatives Partner of Taproot Earth (formerly the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy), she develops programming focused on equitable disaster recovery, global migration, community economic development, climate justice, and energy democracy.
Colette worked with local communities, national funders, and elected officials in the post-Katrina and post-Deepwater Horizon disaster recovery. She was a lead coordinator for Gulf South Rising 2015, a regional initiative around climate justice and just transition in the South. In 2015 Colette was selected as an Echoing Green Climate Fellow, in 2016 she was named a White House Champion of Change for Climate Equity, and in 2018 Kenyon College awarded her an Honorary Doctorate. In 2019, Colette was named an Obama Fellow for her work with Black and Native communities on the frontline of climate change and she gave a TED Talk, “Climate change will displace millions. Here’s how we prepare.”
In 2021, Colette was appointed a Margaret Burroughs Community Fellow. In addition to developing advocacy initiatives that intersect with race, systems of power, and ecology, Colette directs Taproot Earth’s legal services in immigration and disaster law.
Among her many engagements, she serves on the board of the US Climate Action Network and leads the Red, Black & Green New Deal — the climate initiative of the Movement for Black Lives. In March 2022, Colette sat in conversation with Krista Tippett and was featured on the podcast, On Being.
This lecture series honors Arthur Zajonc’s groundbreaking work in the field as a distinguished thought leader and committed teacher by enabling eminent scholars and educators to share their insights and experience in integrating contemplative practices and perspectives into higher education across the disciplines: building the education needed for a society based on compassion, inclusion, care for each other and the earth, and respect for the interconnection of all life.
Arthur Zajonc is the former director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and former president of the Mind & Life Institute. He is also emeritus professor of physics at Amherst College, where he taught from 1978 to 2012. He was a visiting professor and research scientist at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics, and the Universities of Rochester and Hannover. He was a Fulbright professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. His research includes studies in electron-atom physics, parity violation in atoms, quantum optics, the experimental foundations of quantum physics, and the relationship between science, the humanities, and contemplative traditions. As director of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Zajonc fostered the use of contemplative practice in college and university classrooms, and developed the foundations for contemplative pedagogy.