Nevada Humanities Salon: Poetic Justice and Environmental Activism

Please join us as Nevada Humanities presents their next Salon series, entitled "The Salon: Poetic Justice and Environmental Activism," Friday evening, September 15, at 6 pm. 

Poetic Justice and Environmental Activism 

Moderated by Dr. Carlos Mariscal, assistant professor in the Philosophy department at the University of Nevada, Reno, The Salon will feature a diverse panel of voices discussing regional land and water rights, and the motivations for environmental protections. The Salon will feature: Olivia Romo, the 2017 Nevada Humanities Poet-in-Residence and an outreach coordinator at the New Mexico Acequia Association; John E. Hadder, Executive Director of Great Basin Resource Watch; and Autumn Harry, an environmental steward and activist. The Salon will include audience discussion and light refreshments.


John E. Hadder is the Executive Director of Great Basin Resource Watch (GBRW), a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 by a coalition of environmental, Native American and scientific community representatives. GBRW is a regional environmental justice organization dedicated to protecting the health and wellbeing of the land, air, water, wildlife, and human communities of the Great Basin from the adverse effects of resource extraction and use.


Autumn Harry is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in northern Nevada. She recently graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. Throughout her college career, Harry had the opportunity to complete several internships, each playing a vital role in her growth as an environmental steward. Throughout her travels, Harry has worked within Indigenous communities learning about how climate change affects cultural and natural resources. She has also interned with the Native nonprofit organization Honor the Earth, where she researched the impact of fracking, pipelines, and other extraction methods on Indigenous lands and territories. Recently, Harry has been involved in organizing actions, bringing awareness to the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the importance of preserving water in Nevada. 


Carlos Mariscal is an assistant professor of philosophy. A child of Mexican immigrants, 
Carlos was raised in southern New Mexico and West Texas. He had a short career as a journalist in New Mexico before returning to school for his Ph.D. in the philosophy of biology from Duke University. His active areas of research include the origin(s) of life, life in the Universe, and the nature of scientific explanations. He regularly teaches courses in the philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of biology, and science technology and society. 


Olivia Romo is a recognized spoken word artist and in 2011 became the New Mexico State Slam Poetry Champion. She is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator at the New Mexico Acequia Association, a grassroots, statewide organization that defends water rights and cultivates an inter-generational movement to protect water resources and educate people about the various aspects of acequia systems. She lives in Taos, New Mexico, and is the 2017 Nevada Humanities Poet-in-Residence.


Event date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
121 California Ave
Reno, NV 89509