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Calendar of Events

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

Summer 2021 Upcoming Events

August 9 - YOUTH v. GOV  virtual screening and panel discussion with filmmakers and youth plaintiffs

Young people hold large signs that read we demand a climate recovery.

Date: Monday, August 9, 2021
Time: 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Virtual
Free and open to the public.
Note: Registration closes on Monday, August 2, 2021.


YOUTH v GOV is the story of America’s youth taking on the world’s most powerful government. Armed with a wealth of evidence, twenty-one courageous leaders file a ground-breaking lawsuit against the U.S. government, asserting it has willfully acted over six decades to create the climate crisis, thus endangering their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. If these young people are successful, they will not only make history, they will change the future.

This free virtual screening of YOUTH v GOV will be co-sponsored by the Northwest Alliance for Media Literacy, Gonzaga University's Center for Climate, Society and the Environment, and Gonzaga University's School of Leadership Studies. A panel discussion with the filmmakers and 2 youth plaintiffs will follow the screening.


Fall 2021 Upcoming Events

September 13 - Building Communities in a Dying Civilization


Speaker: Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr.

John B. Cobb American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist

Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Free and open to the public.


The civilization we have known is dying. Sadly, it is not transforming itself into something that could survive. Accordingly, the death of the civilization will also be the death of billions of people as well as the extinction of thousands of species. Given that it is too late to prevent losses, what can we do? My judgement is that we can build sustainable local communities many of which can survive. If we made this global policy, even now, our losses would be greatly reduced.

About John B. Cobb, Jr.

John B. Cobb, Jr. was born of Methodist missionary parents in Japan in 1925. His schooling was interrupted by 42 months of military service in World War II. When separated, he attended the University of Chicago, completing a PhD in the Divinity School, where he was introduced to neo-naturalism and especially to the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. From 1958 to 1990 he taught theology at the Claremont School of Theology. Together with David Griffin he founded the Center for Process Studies in 1973, and through this and other organizations, he has promoted the study of Whitehead and of the ecological civilization Whitehead’s thought calls for.


September 27 - The Northwest Beyond Coal: The Fight to Close Colstrip

Speaker: Doug Howell

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Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
6-7:15 p.m.
Wolff Auditorium
Free and open to the public.


In our efforts to stop climate change: the focus has been on coal, gas and oil. Coal was always presumed to be retired first. How did we get here? Where are we now? What is next?

About Doug Howell

Doug Howell has been a social and environmental advocate for 30 years. The majority of Doug’s professional career has focused on environmental issues, primarily global warming. In the 1980s in Washington, DC, Doug worked for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) on environmental and other issues. In 1990, Doug worked for a law firm where his main client was the California Energy Commission (CEC). For next nine years, Doug worked for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), where he created and directed their transportation and energy program. In 2000, Doug was hired by Seattle City Light to implement their first-in-the-nation greenhouse gas (GHG) neutral program. In 2004, Doug moved to King County to develop their climate protection program, including the first-in-the-nation long-term GHG reduction targets and implementation plan. In 2007, Doug was hired to run the Northwest regional office for the National Wildlife Federation where he managed staff, raised money and set the pathway for NWF’s future direction in the Northwest. In 2009, Doug joined the Sierra Club to run their Coal-Free Northwest campaign. In this capacity, Doug sets the priorities, develops the implementation plan, and coordinates organizational field staff, Sierra Club departments and external partners to make the Northwest the first coal-free region in the United States.


October 6 - 2021 Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum

Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum logo

Date: Wednesday, October 6
The Globe Room at Cataldo
Free and open to the public.


What do local candidates for office think about climate change? How will it affect your vote? Gonzaga University’s Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment will host the third annual Spokane Candidates Climate Change Forum for voters to hear local candidates’ thoughts about the topic before the November election. The event is free and open to all.

Co-sponsored by: 350 Spokane; Futurewise; The Lands Council; Sunrise Spokane; Spokane Riverkeeper; Community Building Foundation.


October 13 - Climate Girl Effect

Girls holding climate signs

Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Wolff Auditorium at Jepson
Free and open to the public.


We will discuss our recent book: Fridays, Flint, and Fire: The Climate Girl Effect that explores girls’ technofeminist activism in the climate justice movement. This activism takes the form of apps and video games, letters, protest, funktivism, launching non-profits, and lawsuits. In the current moment, girl activists challenge traditional gender boundaries as they fight for a livable future.

About the Speakers

Carolyn Cunningham and Heather Crandall have been researching, publishing, teaching, and presenting together for years on topics of gender, technology, and social media activism. They have a chapter in the book, Social Media for Social Justice: Cyberfeminism in the Digital Village, they won a top paper award for their paper on hashtag activism that later became a journal article in Explorations in Media Ecology. They both are affiliate faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Gonzaga. As educators, Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Crandalld esigned and taught a course on Women, Communication and Leadership that turned into their edited collection, Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap (2017). Dr. Cunningham and Dr. Crandall are excited to share insights from their new book, Fridays, Flint, and Fire: The Climate Girl Effect

We will discuss our recent book: Fridays, Flint, and Fire: The Climate Girl Effect that explores girls’ technofeminist activism in the climate justice movement. This activism takes the form of apps and video games, letters, protest, funktivism, launching non-profits, and lawsuits. In the current moment, girl activists challenge traditional gender boundaries as they fight for a livable future.


October 19 - The Rights of Nature: Saving the Planet or Harmful to Humanity?

Moderated debate hosted by Brian G. Henning, Director of the Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies.

Portrait of the two speakers and a view of nature at the bottom.

Date: October 19, 2021
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (Pacific)
Zoom Meeting
Free and open to the public.


Featured panelists:

Portrait of Thomas Linzey
Thomas Linzey, Senior Legal Counsel, the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER)

Mr. Linzey is an attorney and senior legal counsel for the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights (CDER). He is widely recognized as the founder of the contemporary “community rights” and “rights of nature” movements, which have resulted in the adoption of several hundred municipal laws across the United States. Linzey’s work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, and the Nation magazine, and he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries.” In 2018, Linzey was named by American Environmental Leaders as one of the top 400 environmentalists of the last 200 years. He is the author of several books, and has been featured in Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media’s films 11th Hour and We the People 2.0.


Portrait of Wesley J. Smith
Wesley J. Smith, Chair and Senior Fellow, Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism

Mr. Smith is an attorney, and serves as Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Since 1985, he has published thousands of articles, columns, and opinion pieces on issues pertaining to the moral importance of human life, addressing the entire spectrum of bioethical issues relating to conscience, patient protection, eugenics, suicide, transhumanism, medical ethics, and law and policy. His writing has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Forbes, among others, and he has appeared on more than a thousand television and radio talk/interview programs, including ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN Anderson Cooper 360, CNN World Report. He has testified as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and is an international lecturer and public speaker.


November 3 - Thomas Berry’s Vision for the Earth Community

Speaker: Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University.

Date: Thursday, November 3, 2021
4 p.m.
Zoom Meeting
Free and open to the public.


Thomas Berry was a historian of both western and Asian cultures who created a unique history of religions program at Fordham University. After decades of study, Berry developed a comprehensive understanding of history - human, Earth and universe. From this perspective he offered a comprehensive context for revisioning education in a time of ecological and climate challenges.

About Mary Evelyn Tucker

Mary Evelyn Tucker teaches at Yale University where she is co-director of the Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology. Her special area of research is East Asian religions, especially Confucianism. She worked closely with Thomas Berry for three decades, edited his books, and is his literary executor. She wrote his biography with John Grim and Andrew Angyal.


November 16 - Climate Crisis as Public Health Crisis: A Regional Perspective

Dr. Bob Lutz and Amber Lenhart

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Date: Tuesday, November 16
Hemmingson Auditorium
Free and open to the public.


The effects of climate change on health are many – directly, such as poor air quality from wildfire smoke, to indirectly, such as increasing rates of zoonotic infections, and food insecurity with variations in regional agriculture. The Inland Northwest will need to adapt to these inevitable changes, and this presentation will provide both existing challenges as well as possible solutions.

Bob Lutz, MD, MPH, is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician, and holds adjunct faculty positions with the University of Washington School of Medicine and Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Temple University in 1988, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona in 2003. Upon moving to Spokane, WA in 2004 with his wife, Amy, he served on the Spokane Regional Health District’s Board of Health for eight years, until being appointed as the Health Officer for Spokane County, WA from 2017-2020. He currently serves as the Health Officer for Asotin County, WA, is a member of the Washington State Board of Health, representing local public health, and is the Medical Advisor for the COVID-19 Response for the Washington Department of Health.

Amber Lenhart (she/her) was born and raised in the Spokane area and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington. Ms. Lenhart worked to improve the health of all people through local and state policy change while working for Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC, and most recently served as the Spokane Regional Health District's policy specialist. As a national expert in health equity through policy change, Ms. Lenhart has worked and lectured on the health impacts of systemic racism, unhealthy housing, childhood lead exposure, disasters and climate change, and the built environment.

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