Speakers

Gelvin StevensonGelvin Stevenson is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Pratt Institute and a member of the Cherokee Nation.

For over seven years, Gelvin wrote on economics and corporate finance at Business Week. He has also written for the New York Times, The Nation, Indian Country Today, The San Juan Star, and other publications.

Board memberships include First Nations Development Institute, the Cherokee National Historical Society, Community Resource Exchange, Green Workers Coop, and Clear Skies Group, a public solar installation and technology development company.


Ana María Durán Calisto is an Ecuadorian architect, researcher, educator and writer.

Ana María currently teaches at the School of Architecture, Design and Arts of Universidad Católica del Ecuador and has been a design studio critic at the GSD (Harvard University) and the GSAPP (Columbia University).

She edited the book Beyond Petropolis: Designing a Practical Utopia in Nueva Loja with Michael Sorkin and Matthias Altwicker (2006-2011). In 2010, Ediciones de la Línea Imaginaria published Cuerpojo Azul, her first poetry book.

Her research endeavors focus on unveiling the processes of urbanization in traditionally remote ecologies like the Amazon River Basin and the Galapagos Islands. She is a co-founder of the design firm Estudio A0 in Quito, Ecuador.


Marguerite A. Smith is an attorney, educator and dispute resolution professional.

She is a member of the Shinnecock tribe of Long Island, New York and  maintains her residence on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation.

In 2006 she was named President of the Board of Directors for her county’s cooperative extension service, the Cornell University Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County.

Marguerite is a member of the College of Advisors for Erase Racism and a member of the Board of Directors of the First Nations Development Institute where she serves as one of its representatives on the Board of First Nations Oweesta Corporation.


May Joseph is Founder of Harmattan Theater Inc., an environmental theater company based in New York City and Professor of Global Studies at the Pratt Institute.

Through performance, she investigates the junctures between environmental history, citizenship and water politics.

She is the author of Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (1999) and coeditor of Performing Hybridity (1999).  Other co-edited volumes include City Corps (Journal of Space and Culture), New Hybrid Identities (1995) and Bodywork (1999).

May is preoccupied with island cities, coastal areas and archipelagoes. She is currently completing a book exploring the connections between the Hudson River and urban citizenship for Duke University Press.

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