Join our weekly Right Livelihood Community Conversation for a surprise visit from activist, poet, and Right Livelihood Laureate Nnimmo Bassey, joining us in person from Nigeria! The session begins with a brief keynote or “conversation starter” from Nnimmo followed by a series of small-group and whole-group conversations, and dinner.
ABOUT NNIMMO BASSEY
Nnimmo Bassey’s tireless work with national and international organizations has turned him into one of Africa’s leading advocates and campaigners for the environment and human rights. Bassey has stood up against the practices of multinational corporations in Nigeria and the environmental devastation they leave behind destroying the lives and ignoring the rights of the local population. He received the Right Livelihood Award in 2010 “For revealing the full ecological and human horrors of oil production and for his inspired work to strengthen the environmental movement in Nigeria and globally.” He is the author of many books including “Oil Politics: Echoes of Ecological Wars”, and “To Cook a Continent: Destructive Extraction and Climate Crisis in Africa”.
Location: Kresge Seminar Room #159
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Join Right Livelihood Award Laureate Helena Norberg-Hodge for a brief keynote and World Cafe-style discussion about localization, world politics, and timely responses to the climate crisis. The session begins with a 20-minute “conversation starter” from Helena followed by a series of small-group and whole-group conversations. This session is a guest visit by Helena and UCSC Right Livelihood Coordinator David Shaw to Professor David Gordon’s Politics 160, “Theories of International and World Politics” course.
ABOUT HELENA NORBERG-HODGE: Linguist, author, and filmmaker, Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the international non-profit organization, Local Futures, a pioneer of the new economy movement, and the convenor of World Localization Day. She is the author of several books, including ‘Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh’, an eye-opening tale of tradition and change in Ladakh, or “Little Tibet”. Together with a film of the same title, Ancient Futures has been translated into more than 40 languages, and sold half a million copies. Helena received the Right Livelihood Award in 1986 “for preserving the traditional culture and values of Ladakh against the onslaught of tourism and development.
Join Right Livelihood Award Laureate Lottie Cunningham Wren for a brief keynote and World Cafe-style discussion about human rights, illegal cattle ranching, and indigenous community responses to land theft in Nicaragua. The session begins with a 20-minute “conversation starter” from Lottie followed by a series of small-group and whole-group conversations. This session is a guest visit by Lottie and UCSC Right Livelihood Coordinator David Shaw to Shawn Nichols Politics 175, “Human Rights” course.
ABOUT LOTTIE CUNNINGHAM WREN: Lottie Cunningham Wren is a lawyer from the Miskito indigenous group in Nicaragua, defending the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples to their land and resources. She has been instrumental in ensuring legal protections, including initiating the process of demarcation and titling of indigenous lands. Cunningham has fought to uphold the human rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, protecting them and their livelihoods from armed settlers. She directs CEJUDHCAN, a not-for-profit providing educational programs, legal support, and practical assistance to indigenous peoples and Afro-descendant communities on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. In 2020 she received the Right Livelihood Award “For her ceaseless dedication to the protection of indigenous lands and communities from exploitation and plunder.”