The Seed Field
The Seed Field
Apr 28, 2021
A Problem as Big as Climate Change Calls for Diverse Ways of Knowing
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“We need to expand our understanding of the word environment,” says Dr. Jean Kayira, a scholar of sustainability and Indigenous Knowledge. “In my view, environment is really about interconnectedness and the interdependence of everything.” Jean directs Antioch’s PhD in Environmental Studies, and she is a leader in this interdisciplinary field that tries to deepen our understanding of the world—and to keep the world from changing it so much that it’s no longer hospitable. In this episode, Jean shares with us why multiple knowledge systems are better than just one, how dancing on mountaintops can be part of rigorous scholarly inquiry, her passion for the Malawian concept of umunthu, and the importance of planting seeds (sometimes literally) in your own community.

More about Dr. Jean Kayira

Jean is the Director of Antioch’s PhD in Environmental Studies. An expert on community-based education, socio-ecological justice, and Indigenous Knowledge, Jean grew up in Malawi before coming to North America. She holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, where she wrote her dissertation Re-Learning our Roots: Youth Participatory Research, Indigenous Knowledge, and Sustainability through Agriculture. Jean's research involves working with youth, educators, and community members around issues of sustainability and environmental justice. 

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Recorded April 7, 2021 via Released April 27, 2021. 

The Seed Field Podcast is produced by Antioch University, co-hosted by Jasper Nighthawk and Simon Javan Okelo, and edited by Lauren Instenes. Guidance for this episode came from Melissa Batalin, Karen Hamilton, and Melinda Garland.

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