June 13, 2017

World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street
  • Timothy Powell

    Director of Educational Partnerships with Indigenous Communities at the Penn Language Center and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies

What Standing Rock Protests Can Teach Us About Climate Change Advocacy

Penn Lightbulb Cafe

Timothy Powell will discuss his research on why the Sioux Water Keepers were successful at the first standoff at Standing Rock. He will share stories told by Native people who went to Standing Rock and will talk about how indigenous storytelling and philosophy can teach the world new ways to talk about climate change.

Powell’s talk will explore the Lakota phrase “Mitákuye Oyás’in,” meaning “all my relations” in English, and what this concept of interrelatedness can mean to environmental scientists, advocates, and the general public at a historical moment in climate change.

Expert faculty from the University of Pennsylvania shed light on their research in the arts, humanities, and social sciences at the Penn Lightbulb Cafe. It's an evening of engaging, stimulating conversation, with a Q&A session following each talk.

Presented by Penn Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Office of University Communications, Penn Cafe events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at

Menu items are available for purchase. Happy Hour pricing from 4–6 p.m.