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Recent and Upcoming Events

Rising Voices: Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions, April 10-12, 2018, Duluth MN

6th Annual Workshop

Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with
Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions

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“Rising Together: Mobilizing and Learning from Local Actions”



Linking movements for a moral economy & livable communities, 5:00-7:00 pm, February 25, 2018, LiKEN office, 1815 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington KY

Group discussion & panel:

  • Danielle Brian, Director, Project on Government Oversight (POGO).  POGO is a premier national watchdog organization investigating corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest to achieve a more effective, accountable, open, and ethical government;
  • Arnold Farr, Professor, UK Philosophy, is a local organizer for the Poor Peoples March;
  • Linda Kaboolian is a sociologist with the Harvard School of Public Health and a national consultant with labor unions;
  • Craig Williams, Program Director, KY Environmental Foundation, was awarded the 2006 Goldman Prize for his key role regionally and internationally in the campaign to safely dispose of the world’s stockpile of chemical weapons.  He is currently working on the Kinder-Morgan pipeline.

Closing Gathering and Celebration, December 14-15, 2017. Appalachian Transition Fellowship Program of the Highlander Center

See Closing Gathering Program Agenda.   Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, 2931 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919


Appalachian Land Study, August 26-27, 2017

Regional Training Retreat

Appalachian South Folklife Center, Pipestem WV


Appalachian Land Study, July 6-7, 2017

Training in participatory and qualitative methods

LiKEN office, 109 Rosemont Garden, Lexington KY 40503.

Training for Highlander Fellows & others working in Harlan County KY and Wise County VA.

For more information, contact Betsy Taylor

Pathways from Science to Action, April 13-15, 2017

Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions

The 5th annual workshop of Rising Voices: Collaborative Science with Indigenous Knowledge for Climate Solutions was held at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado from 13-15 April, 2017. The workshop convened in partnership with Cultural Survival and the International Indian Treaty Council.


In The Press...

Appalshop, WMMT, March 12, 2018

Who Owns Appalachia, Then and Now?

The success of efforts to rebuild the Appalachian economy may well depend on getting access to land for development. This episode of WMMT’s Mountain Talk includes discussion from a September 2016 meeting at which Shauna Scott, Joe Childers, and Susan Williams shared memories of their involvement in the 1981 Appalachian Land Ownership Study.  The findings showed that in many Central Appalachian counties absentee mining corporations owned more than half of the land, and up to 70% of the mineral rights. It’s been over 25 years since the report was published, and there’s now a growing effort to conduct another study to explore current land ownership realities in Central Appalachia. This episode concludes with interviews with three people involved in the modern day study:  Jacob Meadows, a graduate student at Appalachian State University; Lindsey Shade, a lecturer in the Department of Community and Leadership Development  at the University of Kentucky; and Terran Young, who as an Appalachian Transition Fellow worked on updating the Land Ownership Study in southwestern Virginia.


Cultural Survival Magazine, June 2017

Rising Voices: Collaborative Science With Indigenous Knowledge For Climate Solutions


Public Television in Thessaloniki, Greece, May  15, 2017

Interview with Betsy Taylor

„Reagant“, a one hour program on environmental justice and just transition movements in the U.S. in comparison to Greece. For first 20 minutes, Lakota Aldo Seoane is interviewed about the Standing Rock movement, followed by 20 minute interview with Betsy Taylor about just transition movement in Appalachia. May 15, Thessaloniki Public Television.

Watch here

An important report on human rights by LiKENeer, Simona Perry

Self Determination and the Right to Information on the Shale Gas Frontier


 Red Pepper Magazine, February 14, 2017

“Protect our public lands”, by Julie Maldonado

Article in U.K. magazine regarding our new film about impacts on indigenous communities of environmental injustice.


Environmental Studies News, Fall 2016

A Diverse Way of Knowing: Julie Maldonado participates in & co-organizes two indigenous movement programs

University of California / Santa Barbara

LiKENeer, Julie Maldonado, participates in & co-organizes Rising Voices and Protect our Public Lands Tour.  In recent years, indigenous groups have become increasingly  active in discussions and movements on climate change. In fact, in 2014, the IPCC recognized the need to include indigenous knowledge in climate adaptation. Prevalent among many indigenous groups are the impacts of climate change that disproportionately affect their communities that are already marginalized by larger political forces. (For rest of article, go page 6 of “Reducing Deforestation through Non-State Governance“)

September 24, 2016

Re-imagine the Future

LiKENeer, Betsy Taylor, participated in a small gathering to discuss  “Operationalizing Green Governance:  New Policy Strategies for Large-Scale Ecosystems and Resources”. La Bergerie de Villarceaux, France, sponsored by the Charles Leopold Mayer Foundation. June 22-25.

This film captures some interviews with participants in that event.

“We need a new common sense that recognizes that each individual’s survival depends on his/her relationship with others, with the community, and with the environment’. (Ugo Mattei)


August 02, 2016

Julie Maldonado, LiKEN Research Director, on indigenous science, climate change, human rights

This 3 minute video includes images from LiKEN’s story-catching during the Protect Our Public Lands (POPLA) tour by Paper Rocket Productions and the POPLA caravaners.  Julie Maldonado, LiKEN Research Director describes the power of equal collaboration between Indigenous science and scholarly science.

The video was produced as part of a panel on collaboration with affected communities was moderated by Natasha Udu-Gama of the American Geophysical Union and featured Maldonado, Juan Declet-Barreto of the Union Of Concerned Scientists, and Vivek Maru of Namati.  It took place in Washington DC during the 25-26 July meeting of the Science and Human Rights Coalition of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).


August 02, 2016

“Science Can Ease Human Rights Effects of Climate Change” by Andrea Korte

From the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an article featuring LiKEN’s Research Director, Julie Maldonado.  Julie particated in an AAAS panel which explored emerging research methods for collaboration on human rights and climate change.

The article states:   “Research provides vital tools to identify and shape response plans to mitigate, and, in some cases, prevent, the effects of climate change on impacted communities and the human rights of local people, said participating speakers. Since 2009, the [AAAS Science and Human Rights] Coalition has brought together scientific and engineering organizations that recognize a role for scientists and engineers in addressing human rights issues.”