The College of Charleston is winding up the inaugural year of outreach by its Sustainability Literacy Institute with a flourish of activity, including several lectures and events planned for the week of April 16-20, 2018 (which just happens to be the week before Earth Day on April 22).

On Tuesday, April 17, Caryl Stern, the CEO and President of UNICEF USA, will speak from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Stern Student Center, room 205. Stern’s talk – “Every Child Has a Right to Water” – will focus on advocating for resilient solutions to issues involving water, public health and gender.

On Wednesday, April 18, students, faculty and staff can take in a lively panel discussion entitled “An Earth Day Journey: From 1970 to Wakanda – Black Panther and the Politics of Race and Sustainability.” This event will feature professors Kameelah Martin and Ade Ofunniyin from African American studies along with CofC alumnus Diaz Bishop ’16. The discussion will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Robert Scott Small, room 252.

Then at 2 p.m. on April 18, in the School of Education Health and Human Performance’s Alumni Center, water planner Joe Tichy will give a talk entitled “The Genesis of a Reservoir – Upper Oconee Basin Water Planning in Georgia.” Tichy’s talk is part of the Spring Convocation for the Urban Studies Program.

The following day, Thursday, April 19, Alastair McIntosh – one of the world’s leading environmental campaigners – will speak on “Working with Intergenerational Trauma: from Scotland’s Clearances to Donald Trump.” His talk at 3:30 p.m. in the Jewish Studies Center, room 333 will explore the broad impact of land clearances in the 1800s and 1900s on a remote Scottish island. Those clearances eventually influenced politics, economics, inequalities and more. McIntosh grew up on the same remote island as Donald Trump’s mother and he will discuss those effects through that shared lens.

For more information about events supported by or organized by the Sustainability Literacy Institute, see the institute’s event calendar online.