Sep 27, 2023
4:30pm - 6:00pm    |    Furman Hall, Lester Pollack Colloquium Room, Floor 9

Indigenous and Western sciences as well as law provide rich insight into the more than human world and humans’ relationship to it. Each day, advancements in these fields shed further light into the internal workings, interests, and needs of non-humans – from AI communications with whales to non-human political participation to Indigenous frameworks for the protection of nature.

Join the NYU More Than Human Rights (MOTH) Project as we dive into the lessons these disciplines offer for the rights of nature movement, including for the field’s most pressing questions, like: What would justice for the more than human world look like? How should efforts to communicate with non-humans factor into law and politics? How can the law evolve to recognize humanity’s embedment within the larger more than human world?

To help answer these questions, we will be joined by:

César Garavito-Rodriguez

Professor of Clinical Law at NYU Law; Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice; and Founding Director of Earth Rights Advocacy, which hosts the MOTH Project.

Davi Kopenawa

Yanomami shaman, spokesperson, and community leader. He co-authored the book, The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman, which documents his cosmo-ecological framework as well as that of the Yanomami people of the Brazilian Amazon.

David Gruber

Founder and President of Project CETI, which uses AI models to decode sperm whale communications and broaden our understanding of the complexity of non-human life and society. He is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Danielle Celermajer

Author of a number of publications on the more than human world, including Summertime: Reflections on a Vanishing Future. She is a Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Sydney; Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute; and lead of the Multispecies Justice Project.


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