Elizabeth Hoover '01 to Discuss Environmental Justice at Williams College

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, executive assistant; tele: 413-597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 19, 2018—Elizabeth Hoover ’01, Manning Assistant Professor of American Studies at Brown University, will speak at Williams College on Tuesday, May 1. Her talk will be held in Griffin Hall, room 3, at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Hoover’s talk, “The River is in Us: Science, Politics, and Environmental Justice in a Native American Community,” is based on her research in Native American communities. Her book The River is in Us’: Fighting Toxins in a Mohawk Community is an ethnographic exploration of Akwesasne Mohawks’ response to Superfund contamination and environmental health research. Her second book project “From ‘Garden Warriors’ to ‘Good Seeds:’ Indigenizing the Local Food Movement” explores Native American farming and gardening projects around the country: the successes and challenges faced by these organizations, the ways in which participants define and envision concepts such as food sovereignty and importance of heritage seeds. Hoover has published articles about food sovereignty, environmental reproductive justice in Native American communities, the cultural impact of fish advisories on Native communities, tribal citizen science, and health social movements.

At Brown, Hoover teaches courses on environmental health and justice in Native communities, indigenous food movements, Native American museum curation, and community-engaged research. She received a B.A. from Williams, an M.A. from Brown in anthropology/museum studies, and a Ph.D. from Brown in anthropology with a focus on environmental and medical anthropology as it applies to Native American communities responding to environmental contamination.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Environmental Studies, the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Public Health, and American Studies.


For building locations on the Williams campus, please consult the map outside the driveway entrance to the Security Office located in Hopkins Hall on Main Street (Rte. 2), next to the Thompson Memorial Chapel, or call the Office of Communications 413-597-4277. The map can also be found on the web at www.williams.edu/map