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2019 ISSRM Plenaries

Dr. Fikret Berkes

“Building Adaptive Capacity for Change: Indigenous Knowledge and Science Partnership”
Monday, June 3, 8:30-9:45am
Ballroom ABC (Alumni Welcome and Conference Center)

DESCRIPTION: Dr. Berkes will discuss several ways sustainability in a  can benefit from the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge (IK). Specifically he will address how IK increased adaptive capacity, increases the range of knowledge available to solve problems; is needed for the co-production of knowledge, and fosters collaborative problem solving and mutual learning across levels of governance and across spatial and temporal scales.

BIO: Dr. Fikret Berkes is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, Canada. He is an internationally recognized leader on research in human-environment systems: commons, co-management, social-ecological resilience, and local and traditional ecological knowledge. He has authored some 250 peer-reviewed journal papers and chapters, and ten books, including Sacred Ecology (4th edition, Routledge, 2018); and Navigating Social–Ecological Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2003). His 2013 paper (with Helen Ross) on community resilience is among the most cited articles in Society and Natural Resources.

“Indigenous Perspectives of People and Place in the Great Lakes Region: Looking Beyond Leopold’s Backyard” – PANEL facilitated by our partners at SDI
Tuesday, June 4, 8:00-10:00am
Ballroom ABC (Alumni Welcome and Conference Center)

Will focus on the idea that a thinking community would want to “keep all the pieces" of a story to understand how to begin to address the issues between human-environmental relationships.

– Chris Caldwell, Director of Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) at College of Menominee Nation (CMN)

– Kyle Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities and is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability at Michigan State University
– Robin W. Kimmerer is Distinguished Teaching Professor in Environmental Science and Forestryand Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment
– Melonee Montano is a TEK Outreach Specialist for the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission

Michael Perry

Keynote: “Displacing Place"
Wednesday, June 5, 8:30-9:45am
Ballroom ABC (Alumni Welcome and Conference Center)

DESCRIPTION: New York Times bestselling author Michael Perry presents a humorous and heartfelt examination of place, privilege, and the unpredictable power of landscape.

BIO: Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin, whose books include Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom, and his latest, Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through Philosophy. The sequel to his first book for young readers, The Scavengers, will publish in 2019. He lives online at