Keynote Speakers

Peter Brown

Brown_PeterPeter G. Brown is a professor in the School of Environment at McGill University in Montreal. His teaching, research, and service are concerned with ethics, governance, and the protection of the environment. His students describe his lectures as “phenomenal, motivating, energizing.” His most recent book is Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy in which he argues that we’re not asking the right questions to clarify what a healthy economy really is. He recommends re-conceptualizing and redirecting the economy in support of a flourishing earth.

As an activist, Brown is involved in conservation efforts in the James Bay and Southern regions of Quebec, as well as in Maryland. He operates tree farms in both locales and is a Certified Quebec Forest Producer.

Brown is the author of several other books, including: Restoring the Public Trust: A Fresh Vision for Progressive Government in America, The Commonwealth of Life: Economics For a Flourishing Earth, and Water Ethics: Foundational Readings for Students and Professionals.

Before going to McGill, Brown was Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland’s graduate School of Public Affairs; where he founded the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy, and the School of Public Policy itself, and also established the School’s Environmental Policy Programs. He is a graduate of Haverford College, and holds a master’s degree in the philosophy of religion from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Columbia in philosophy.

Read more about Peter’s book Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy on Amazon, or get ready for the Rendezvous and get a copy to peruse!  Have a copy you’re willing to share?  Leave a comment on this post!

Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy

amanda2Amanda Lickers

Amanda Lickers is a queer, cis, Seneca Haudenosaunee woman and organizer. As a member of the turtle clan of the Onondowaga nation, she uses her experiences as an indigenous woman to speak about bio-centrism as anti-oppression, and how earth liberation is  about intergenerational healing – honoring ancestors who have come before us, and those who are yet to come.

Amanda Lickers has been heavily involved in the opposition to the Line 9 pipeline expansion, including forming the First Nations Caucus which brought together over a dozen impacted Indigenous communities.  She is also part of a food sovereignty project which focuses on growing indigenous seeds in traditional ways in order to expand non-monetary, traditional economies.  She will be focusing on language revitalization, particularily Kanien’keha (Mohawk) in Six Nations of the Grand River this Fall.

At the Rendezvous, Amanda will use an anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive lens to talk about the urgent and exciting times we live in.

You can read some of Amanda’s writing on the Line 9 expansion here: http://noline9.wordpress.com/about/
Besides her keynote address on Sunday, Amanda will also offer a two-part workshop entitled “Anti-colonial Earth Defense” on Saturday.  Check out the full workshop schedule here.
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