13th Annual Sustainability Education Ph.D. Symposium To Be Held May 5-7

Keynote Speakers Leah Penniman and Sage Crump


Prescott College's annual Ph.D. in Sustainability Education Symposium will take place May 5-7, 2021. The symposium is an opportunity for Prescott College's doctoral community to convene, enjoy justice-innovating Keynote speakers Leah Penniman and Sage Crump, share their work, celebrate and honor doctoral student research, and practice, and connect!

On Wednesday, May 5 (starting at 9:00 AM MST/PDT), Leah Penniman will present the first keynote: "Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty." “Uprooting Racism, Seeding Sovereignty” features a riveting keynote address delivered by Soul Fire Farm’s Co-Founder and Farm Manager, Leah Penniman, and closes with a performance by world-renowned poet, Soul Fire Farm’s Program Manager, Naima Penniman. The 45 minute long HD video also highlights other members of the Soul Fire Farm team and includes premier footage of the farm itself. Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2011 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs – including farmer trainings for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for people living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah holds an MA in Science Education and BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. Leah has been farming since 1996 and teaching since 2002. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Omega Sustainability Leadership Award, Presidential Award for Science Teaching, NYS Health Emerging Innovator Awards, and Andrew Goodman Foundation, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land will hit shelves in November, 2018. Click to join this presentation.

On Thursday, May 6 (starting at 9:00 AM MST/PDT), Sage Crump will present The Pace of Change: Emergent Strategy implications beyond humanism." A relationship with change requires engaging complexity in ways that move us beyond human centrism. Through an engagement with Black Feminist Thought within Emergent Strategy and beyond, Sage Crump will help us unpack the ways the dominant culture of white supremacy and racialized capitalism have shaped us and provide us with a framework that helps us move towards the culture we are longing for. Sage Crump is a culture strategist, artist and facilitator who expands and deepens the work of cultural workers, and arts organizations in social justice organizing. Based in New Orleans but working nationally, she believes in leveraging art, creative practice, and the cultural sector to transform systemic oppressions. Sage’s work incorporates complex sciences, emergent strategy and creative practice to imagine the world we want to live in and build strategies and practices that will get us there. Click to join this presentation.

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