Daily Archives: October 25, 2022

Trauma to Transformation: A Set of Existential Opportunities to Address Environmental Justice and the Climate Crisis | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University

Mustafa Santiago Ali will discuss opportunities to address environmental justice and the climate crisis as part of the Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series and Harvard Radcliffe Institute’s focus area on climate change.


A thought leader, international speaker, policy maker, community liaison, trainer, and facilitator, Mustafa Santiago Ali is the vice president of environmental justice, climate, and community revitalization for the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the founder and CEO of Revitalization Strategies. Before joining NWF, he was the senior vice president of the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC), a national nonprofit organization, where he led the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of HHC’s portfolio on climate, environmental justice, and community revitalization.

Ali previously worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years, beginning as a student at age 16. He was a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice and most recently served as senior advisor for environmental justice and community revitalization and assistant associate administrator. He has lectured at over 100 colleges and universities, including Howard, Harvard, Yale, UC Berkeley, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, and Spelman. Ali currently serves as a board member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists, TREE, Roddenberry Foundation, and Climate Hawks Vote. He is a cohost of HHC’s radio show and podcast, The Coolest Show.

Ali uses a holistic approach to revitalizing vulnerable communities, helping them to move from surviving to thriving. Throughout his career, he has worked with more than 500 domestic and international communities to secure environmental, health, and economic justice.


Stephanie LeMenager RI ‘17, Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon

The Kim and Judy Davis Dean’s Lecture Series was established through the generosity of Kim G. Davis AB ’76, MBA ’78 and Judith N. Davis, longtime friends and champions of the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. This annual lecture series invites leading figures from across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences to share their expertise, ideas, and diverse perspectives with the Harvard community and the broader public.

We plan to post the recording on our website in early November.

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Join Harvard Radcliffe Institute for a Science Symposium about Climate Change

Climate change is one of the, if not the, most significant threats facing our planet today. It affects life on Earth in countless known, and many still unknown, ways—from atmospheric health to wellness; natural ecosystems to small businesses; global security to neighborhood food insecurity; and international policy to individual decision-making—while exacerbating underlying patterns of inequality.

The Mike and Nina Patterson Science Symposium. “A Pale Blue Dot under Pressure: Climate Change, Justice, and Resilience in Our Rapidly Warming World,” is the kickoff event for a climate change initiative at Radcliffe. It will explore these interconnected issues through sessions investigating global climate systems and climate disasters, public policy, health, climate justice and activism, and methods of adaptation and remediation.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute gratefully acknowledges the Mike and Nina Patterson Catalyst Fund for Climate, which is supporting this event.


Battlefield Space | NBC News NOW Special

NBC News – May 27, 2022

Meet the war-fighters of the future. Correspondent Tom Costello goes inside Space Force, the newest branch of the U.S. Military, gaining exclusive access to the classified, nuclear-hardened facilities where Space Force operates America’s constellation of satellites in Earth orbit – now threatened by hostile, armed Russian and Chinese spacecraft. “Battlefield Space,” an exclusive NBC News documentary examining what the Pentagon says is likely the next conflict zone.

Introduction to the Digital Library

Beinecke Library at Yale– May 12, 2021

We are very excited to announce that the Yale University Library has launched a new digital collections platform for improved viewing experience. The new interface is now home to all Beinecke Library digitized images as of January 2021. Over time, other Yale Library digital collections will be moved to this platform to create an even more seamless user experience across multiple collections and repositories.

Visit the library website to access the digital collections: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/dig…

In conversation: Robert Stepto on four decades of teaching at Yale | YaleNews

In conversation: Robert Stepto on four decades of teaching at Yale

By Bess Connolly, December 3, 2015

Since 1974, Robert Stepto has taught legions of Yale students in the fields of African American studies, American studies, and English. In October, his distinguished career and his influence on his students — both graduate and undergraduate — were celebrated with a festschrift held in his honor.

Among the numerous positions that Stepto has held in his 40 years here at Yale are: director of graduate studies (DGS) for American studies; chair of theater studies; and chair, DGS, and director of undergraduate studies (DUG) for African American studies. In fact, he was the inaugural DUG for African American studies, a post that was established after the M.A. degree was created in 1978.

Stepto’s writings include “A Home Elsewhere: Reading African American Classics in the Age of Obama,” “Blue As the Lake: A Personal Geography,” and “From Behind the Veil: A Study of Afro-American Narrative.”

“Robert’s impact as a teacher has been singular and he is one of a few who has earned the stature of creating three signature courses. ‘Autobiography in America,’ ‘Modern African American Poets,’ and ‘American Artists and the African American Book’ are must-dos for students in African American, English, and American studies,” says Jacqueline Goldsby, chair of the Department of African American Studies.

“At the graduate level, Robert directed over 30 dissertations,” she continues. “Yale has been fortunate to have a scholar who is so dedicated to teaching. The field of African American literary studies owes a great debt to the work he has done both on the page and in the classroom. Lucky for us, Robert has been committed to doing that work here for 40 years.

YaleNews recently spoke to the renowned professor about his career at Yale, and how Yale’s collections have been, in his words, a “joy and an intellectual pleasure” to use in his teaching.

An edited version of that conversation follows.

What attracted you to Yale 40 years ago, and what has kept you here all these years?

One reason that I decided to teach at Yale was that it was the one place where I could pursue my interdisciplinary curiosity. Yale gave me the opportunity to teach in an excellent English department, and in one of the very best American studies departments. At the same time, I could play a part in the growth of African American studies, which, when I arrived here, was only about six years old. But one of the biggest attractions to me at Yale was — and still to this day is — the libraries here. I remember arriving here and realizing the treasures that were in the Beinecke Library.

How have Yale’s collections impacted your teaching?

One of my goals in teaching is to bring art and music into the classroom, and to that end in 1995 I began scheduling classes in the Beinecke Library and the Yale Art Gallery. This was a transformation in my teaching. Having these resources at hand was such a joy and intellectual pleasure and has led to my newest seminar titled “American Artists and the African American Book.” In this class we examine how African American books in particular have been designed and illustrated, and how art is being imported into book projects.

What projects have resulted from this class?

Robert Stepto was honored for his four decades of teaching at Yale with a festshrift held in his honor. (Photo by Harold Shapiro)
Robert Stepto was honored for his four decades of teaching at Yale with a festshrift held in his honor. (Photo by Harold Shapiro)

My students have devised some incredibly creative projects. One took a selection of Robert Hayden poems and presented them in a bound volume with original watercolors that she had painted. Another example — a marvelously whimsical one — was a student who wrote a Brer Rabbit story that was set in the Harlem renaissance, where Brer Rabbit — known to all as Jack O’Hare — is seen walking down the streets of Harlem. Talk about invention! One of the things we talk about in class is not simply how you would illustrate a book, but rather how you would create or find images that will converse with the literature.

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A Conversation About Frederick Douglass

YaleUniversity– Apr 2, 2019

A conversation about Frederick Douglass with Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center, David W. Blight, Professor of African American Studies, Robert Stepto, and moderated by Crystal Feimster, Associate Professor of African Studies, American Studies and History.

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