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Tidal Communities: The Experience of Underserved and Indigenous Rural Communities Along Changing Coastlines

February 26, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

A two-part panel discussion among Aunnauruq Twyla ThurmondMaurice BaileyWhitney BarrRobin BronenAlex de SherbininDean HardyRadley HortonMalgosia MadajewiczDorothy Peteet,Shavonne SmithAnnauk Denise Olin, and Kate Orff, Professor and Director of GSAPP’s Urban Design Program.

Listening: Shoreline Stories
Challenges and Opportunities of Coastal Communities & Landscapes
Representatives from Sapelo Island, Shinnecock, and Shishmaref discuss coastline changes and their impacts on lives and livelihoods in these communities.

Pathways to Change and Justice
Defining a Research and Action Agenda
Participants discuss policies, activities, or actions are working on the ground and discuss the role of local institutions and focus the research agenda, moderated by Andrew Revkin.

Black, Indigenous, and people of color are on the front lines of climate change. Sea level rise, accelerating erosion, saline intrusion, the loss of fisheries and coastal livelihoods, and repeat flooding present not only economic impacts but existential threats to continued existence of the communities and their cultures as many are faced with the unthinkable – at what point is relocation inevitable? What is the role of design to reduce harm and help build pathways toward economic and ecological resilience? This web-based panel will explore perspectives from three groups – the Shinnecock of Long Island, the Gullah Geechee of coastal South Carolina, and residents of the Alaskan Native Village of Nunapitchuk – in terms of the hazard exposure, ecological changes, and cultural and institutional responses.

Organized by the Architecture and Urban Design Program with the Climate Adaptation Initiative of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

This event will be streamed on the Sustain What? Channel of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.

Free and open to the public. Virtual events hosted on Zoom Webinar do not require an account to attend, advanced registrations are encouraged.

GSAPP is committed to providing universal access to all of our virtual events. Please contact Lyla Catellier via email at events@arch.columbia.edu to request accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.



February 26
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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