Winona LaDuke ’89 (Midwest, MA) delivered a seminar and lecture as a University of Montana President’s Lecture Series guest, “Be the Ancestor Your Descendants Would Be Proud Of,” the annual Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture in Environmental Philosophy. She also presented, “The Next Energy Economy: Grassroots Strategies to Mitigate Global Climate Change and How We Move Ahead,” at the UWM College of Letters at the annual Dean’s Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities, which explored some of the solar, wind and localized food production projects taking place on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. LaDuke is an internationally renowned environmentalist, economist and writer known for her work on tribal land claims, tribal preservation and sustainable development.
What if classrooms were envisioned as a small democracy? What if our students practiced democracy in their classroom year after year? Further, what if they knew they deserved it? Kate Sipe, ’02, Antioch University Seattle MA in Education with Graduate Teacher Preparation and an adjunct faculty who teaches Classroom Management courses, published a timely post in Medium in the wake of the 2020 Presidential election about the importance of democratic schools and teaching civics to our children: “Psst… Hey teachers… Let’s teach civics in our classrooms every single day.” Start today. Start small. Just start. Let your classroom be a microcosm