Fate of the Earth Symposium 2020 - Postponed Until Further Notice

Sat, March 21, 2020 at Kellogg Center, MSU

Fate of the Earth 2020

Sat, March 21, 2020 at Kellogg Center

Fate of the Earth will be held Saturday, March 21 at the Kellogg Center. Join us for a series of lectures, workshops and  student poster presentations. Attendance is free and includes parking as well as breakfast and lunch. Register here.

We are very pleased to make an initial announcement of our plenary speakers:

Mona Hanna-Attisha

Dr Hanna-Attisha has been a leader in the Flint crisis and has won numerous award for her blend of science and activism. The New York Times named her book, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City, one of the 100 Outstanding books of 2019.

Kyle Whyte

Dr. Whyte is internationally renowned for his work on problems and possibilities Indigenous peoples face regarding climate change, environmental justice, and food sovereignty.

James Clift

Mr. Clift is the currently the Policy Director of the Michigan Department of Environment and has extensive experience working with Michigan environmental organizations.

Nathan Murphy

Dr. Murphy is the State Director of Environment Michigan and also has extensive experience working with the Michigan legislature.





7:45 – 8:45 AM                 Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:45 – 9:00 AM                 Land acknowledgement

Welcoming remark by Dr. Samuel Stanley, President, Michigan State University

                                                (Introduction by Dr. Phillip M. Duxbury, Dean, College of Natural Sciences)


9:00 – 9:50 AM                 Plenary Speaker Session #1: “Challenges Ahead in Protecting the Great Lakes”

Mr. James Clift, Deputy Director at Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE)   


10:00 – 10:50 AM            Plenary Speaker Session #2: "What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City”"

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD, MPH, FAAP

Founder and Director, Pediatric Public Health Initiative, Michigan State University-Hurley Children’s Hospital


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM     Morning Workshops

  • Workshop A – Fighting climate change where you live (Part I) (Moderator: Ms. Elaine Fischoff)
  • Workshop B – Update on Climate-Related Work at EGLE (Moderator: Mr. James Clift)
  • Workshop C – Further discussion with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha
  • Workshop D – We Protect Us: Addressing PFAS Contamination in Michigan (Moderator: Dr. Courtney Carignan)
  • Workshop E - How to communicate effectively with your legislators? (Moderator: Dr. Kathleen Wilbur)


12:00 – 1:30 PM               Lunch, Poster Presentations and Student Art Exhibit


1:30 – 2:20 PM                  Plenary Speaker Session #3: “Against Urgency: Environmental Justice and the Climate Crisis

Dr. Kyle Whyte, Professor and Timnick Chair, Department of Philosophy/Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University


2:30 – 3:30 PM                  Afternoon Workshops

  • Workshop A – Fighting Climate Change Where You Live (Part II) (Moderator: Ms. Elaine Fischoff)
  • Workshop B – Further discussion with Dr. Kyle Whyte
  • Workshop C – Roll up your sleeves. Get to work. Effective advocacy for change from citizens (Moderator: Dr. Nathan Murphy) )
  • Workshop D – The Power of a Formula: Science, Culture and Community for Change (Moderator: Dr. Arturo Massol-Deyá)
  • Workshop E - Meeting for PFAS Allies


3:30 – 4:20 PM                  Plenary Speaker Session #4: “Can the Environment Catch a Break?”

                                                Dr. Nathan Murphy, State Director of Environment Michigan


4:30 – 5:30 PM                  Reception



This symposium is made possible through the generous endowment of Barbara Sawyer-Koch and Donald Koch.