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Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Climate Resiliency and Native Foodways with Dr. Alexandra Lawrence

with Alexandra Sutton Lawrence, Ph.D.
The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST

Location: Zoom webinar

Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee


Engaging with Indigenous knowledge to re-establish sustainable practices is an essential part of a transition to a just climate future. Hear from Dr. Lawrence about one such project, Amani akateka, which seeks to reestablish traditional cultivation practices on an Indigenous-owned land parcel within the Yésah ancestral homelands.




This program is a part of a climate-focused series of talks, conceived and implemented in partnership with the UNC American Indian Center. Learn more about the center and its initiatives on the UNC AIC Website.



Register here for Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Climate Resiliency and Native Foodways with Dr. Alexandra Lawrence

Registration open through 4/13/2023 11:50 AM

About the Speaker

Dr. Sutton Lawrence has more than 14 years of experience in biodiversity conservation + environmental justice, specialized at working with and within Indigenous, African-American, and Afro-Indigenous communities. 

Dr. Sutton Lawrence creates impactful environmental change by building authentic and resonant relationships between scientists, marginalized communities, and legislators around the world. Her inclusive, multilateral approach helps to relieve conflicts over natural resources and develops long-lasting, personal investments in global biodiversity conservation. She also specializes in science communication, with most of her writing centered on global wildlife conservation and aimed at diverse non-scientific audiences.

Dr. Sutton Lawrence is a graduate of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where her dissertation, Conservation in the Human Landscape, analyzed case studies of leadership, management, and finance in global environmental initiatives. She received a B.S. in Biology from Howard University and an M.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Sutton Lawrence is currently working on her M.A. in Folklore Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. From LinkedIn about her education at UNC - Chapel Hill:

"In my thesis, "Seeking Home in the Ohio Country: Indigenous Place-Making in the Wake of Forced Migration for Yesa’ Communities in Ohio, Indiana & the Midwest from 1805 - 2005," I dissect the historical record and examine my own family's story in order to identify and document the ways in which Saponi, Monacan, Sappony, Occaneechi and other Yesa’ migrants who left for the Ohio River Valley between 1805 - 1865 manifested and carried forward an Indigenous or Aframerindian culture and identity into their new landscape, as well as how that identity has been maintained and reaffirmed among Yesa’ community members in the 21st century."


This Virtual Lunchbox Talk will be offered via Zoom Webinar. Information for accessing the event will be distributed the week of the talk.

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