5 May. 2023

Building a Democratic Energy Future: Navigating the Complexities of Lithium Extractivism and North-South Inequalities

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Join us on Friday, May 5 for a conversation on energy democracy, eco-social justice in the lithium territories, and public power in the transition to new global energy models.


Maristella Svampa is a sociologist, activist, and writer from Argentina. She is a co-author and member of the Ecosocial Pact of the South. She is also the coordinator of the Group of Critical and Interdisciplinary Studies on the Energy Problem, and since 2011, a member of the Permanent Group of Alternatives to Development convened by the Andean Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung. Currently, she is the Hans Speier Professor at the New School of Social Research in New York City. 

Thea Riofrancos is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Providence College, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022), and a member of the Climate + Community Project. Her research focuses on resource extraction, renewable energy, climate change, green technology, social movements, and the left in Latin America.

Ashley Dawson is a Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He currently works in the fields of environmental humanities and postcolonial ecocriticism.

When: Friday, May 5, 6:00 PM

Location: RLS-NYC Office, 275 Madison Ave, Suite 2114 (entrance on 40th Street between Madison and Park Ave)

RSVP: bit.ly/DemocraticEnergyFuture