Honoring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Dr. Jessica Hernandez standing next to her book against a backdrop of blue sky

(Image credit: Jessica Hernandez video)

Honoring Indigenous Ways of Knowing
Thursday, Apr. 13, 2023
ECC 1857, University Hall
4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. PST

  • Honoring Indigenous Ways of Knowing

    Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous ways of knowing are nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse. And while holistic land, water, and forest management practices born from millennia of Indigenous knowledge systems have much to teach all of us, Indigenous ways of knowing has long been ignored, otherized, or perceived as “soft”–the product of a systematic, centuries-long campaign of racism, colonialism, extractive capitalism, and delegitimization. In this presentation, Dr. Hernandez will present ways in which we can honor Indigenous ways of knowing.

    About the Bellarmine Forum

    The Bellarmine Forum is LMU's annual celebration of the life of the mind, offered by the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. The 2022-23 Bellarmine Forum will reflect on ​the themes of previous ​forums and ​explore the evolution of ​the work ​that has been undertaken at LMU and in our communities at large.

  • Dr. Jessica Hernandez

    A headshot of Dr. Jessica Hernandez
    Dr. Jessica Hernandez (Binnizá & Maya Ch’orti’) is a transnational Indigenous scholar, scientist, and community advocate based in the Pacific Northwest. She has an interdisciplinary academic background ranging from marine sciences to environmental physics. She advocates for climate, energy, and environmental justice through her scientific and community work and strongly believes that Indigenous sciences can heal our Indigenous lands. She is the author of the award winning book, ​Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science and is currently in the process of writing her second book, Growing Papaya Trees: Nurturing Indigenous Roots of Climate Displacement & Justice.  Hernandez has been named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful & influential women of Central America.