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Spring 2022 Event Calendar

There are some exciting sustainability-related events happening this semester! Learn about topics like indigenous land management and racial justice in the climate movement. Take a look at what's going on around campus below.

Alterations. tailored solutions to climate change

January 19 - April 22
Monday through Friday from 11:00-3:00
Harnett Museum of Art

Nancy Judd's Alterations features sculptural artworks that explore the ecological and social cost of the fashion industry, the food we consume, our connection to the land and sea, product packaging and waste, and the importance of bees in our world. Alterations encourages people to consider their own relationship to the world around them and shares a story of how human behaviors impact the environment.

Alterations is on display at the Harnett Museum of Art through April 22. The museum is only open to members of the campus community at this time.

Learn more about the exhibit

RVA Environmental Film Festival: "Inhabitants: An Indigenous Perspective"

Monday, February 28 
Ukrop Auditorium, Robins School of Business

The Office for Sustainability is hosting a screening of Inhabitants: Indigenous Perspectives on Restoring Our WorldInhabitants follows five Native American Tribes across deserts, coastlines, forests, and prairies as they restore their traditional land management practices. Immediately following the film, UR will host a virtual Q&A with both directors and one of the film participants, Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson of the Hopi Tribe. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

RVA Environmental Film Festival 

Perspectives: Sustainable Building, Stronger Communities

Friday, March 4

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) sponsors Perspectives, a lunchtime conversation series. Formerly known as the Brown Bag Discussion series, Perspectives offers students, faculty, staff, and community members the opportunity to share a meal while engaging with critical topics. At each lunch, the perspective of a featured speaker or panel will provide a starting point for discussion about a current social issue. Diverse opinions, uncertain understanding, and respectful disagreement are welcome.

On March 4, interior designer and artist An Liu will share his perspective on sustainable building, building communities, and the role that helpers play in these endeavors.

The CCE invites you to join this virtual conversation with a design professional and to share your own perspective on relationships between design and community on the University of Richmond campus and around the city.


Climate Action Panel: Artists & Youth as Climate Activists

Tuesday, March 15
Adams Auditorium 205, Boatwright Library

Climate change is happening, and it is young people who will face its most significant impacts. Young people all over the world have begun to drive action and inspire hope on the climate crisis. Artists are making urgent work about the environment to increase awareness and imagine a more sustainable future.

This panel discussion will bring together global artists from Small Island Big Song and UR students and alumni to discuss the important role youth and artists play in climate action. It will be moderated by Dr. Mary Finley-Brook and students in her Introduction to Sustainability course. The discussion features Selina Leem of the Marshall Islands, a spoken-word artist who is among the global faces of climate change. In addition to participating in the discussion, she will offer a spoken-word piece at the end of the event.

Free pizza will be provided for lunch. 

Upcycled Music Instruments Workshop

Tuesday, March 15
Lobby & Courtyard, Modlin Center

Join musicians from Small Island Big Song for food, art, and music instrument making. Learn the art of upcycling by transforming objects of daily consumption into music instruments. The workshop comprises of light refreshments, a visit of the University Museums exhibition Alterations: tailored solutions to climate change, the making of an instrument, and the practice of this music instrument. Materials will be provided.

Free, but registration is required 

Small Island Big Song Performance

Wednesday, March 16
Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center

The musicians in Small Island Big Song would tell you that the ocean does not divide their island homes. It connects them. In this inspiring multimedia concert, artists from New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Australia, Madagascar, Easter Island, Solomon Islands, and Papua New Guinea come together to blend their traditions and create music celebrating the ways we are all connected. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful sound made by those who sing for the seas.

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Rinku Sen discusses Racial Justice + Climate Change

Tuesday, March 22
Brown-Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

Rinku Sen will share her vision of how to face and address our intertwined ecological and social justice crises, and how to do so without losing our minds, our friends...or our fights. An Indian-American author, activist, and political strategist, Sen is currently executive director of the Narrative Initiative and co-president of the national Women's March. A leading figure on racial, social, and gender equity, she brings an innovative approach to addressing these complex issues through research, media, and practice.

Eating for the Future

Wednesday, March 30
Time TBA
Room 305, Tyler Haynes Commons

The Office for Sustainability will screen Eating Our Way to Extinction and host a post-film panel discussion. The film explores the connections between global food systems and human health and the environment. This event is free and vegan snacks will be provided. 

Eating Our Way to Extinction 

Sustainable Solutions Challenge: What's Your Idea?

The 2022 Sustainable Solutions Challenge will be focused on a team's identification of an issue on campus and asks that they come up with a solution relevant to campus needs. Compared to previous years, this challenge will not ask for submissions around a specific issue on campus, giving students more creativity to create proposals centered on the perceived needs of the University of Richmond campus in regards to sustainability and wellness.

Learn more about the Challenge