Confronting the world’s most urgent and complex challenges.

The Global Development Distinguished Speaker Series aims to bring leading minds to campus to explore topics across the Department of Global Development’s signature strengths of wellbeing and inclusion; environmental sustainability; and food and nutritional security.

Fall 2023 Distinguished Speaker: Robin Wall Kimmerer

November 1, 2023 | 12:20pm

Land Justice: Engaging Indigenous Knowledge For Land Care

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.

In her talk, Dr. Kimmerer will pose the question: What might Land Justice look like? Dr. Kimmerer will explore Indigenous perspectives on land conservation, from biocultural restoration to Land Back. This discussion invites listeners to consider how engaging Traditional Ecological Knowledge contributes to justice for land and people.

Robin Wall Kimmerer stands in a field

Past Distinguished Speakers

Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Transforming Food Systems: Aquatic Foods for Nourishing People and Planet

Johan Swinnen

Transforming Global Food Systems After COVID-19

Speaker Series Committee

Ed Mabaya headshot
Ed Mabaya

Research Professor

Department of Global Development

Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Department of Global Development

Co-Director, Graduate Field of Global Development

Department of Global Development

Ed Mabaya
Applied Economics and Policy
Food and Agricultural Economics
International and Development Economics and Policy
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Margaret Smith


School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section


Department of Global Development

Associate Dean and Director

Cornell AES

Margaret Smith
Maize breeding and genomics
Abiotic stress tolerance
Insect and disease resistance