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June 11, 2020

The Garrison Institute Forum: Pathways to Planetary Health – Gerald Torres and Jonathan F.P. Rose

On Thursday, June 11th at 2:00pm EDT, we continue the Garrison Institute Forum with a conversation between Gerald Torres, Professor of Environmental Justice, and Garrison Institute Co-Founder Jonathan F.P. Rose

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 2pm EDT on Thursday, June 11th. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 1pm EDT on June 18th. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Youtube.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts.

If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.


Gerald Torres, an acclaimed global scholar of environmental law, critical race theory, and federal Indian law is a Professor of Environmental Justice at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES).  As a pioneer in the field of environmental law, Torres has spent his career examining the intrinsic connections between the environment, agricultural and food systems, and social justice. His research into how race and ethnicity impact environmental policy has informed his teaching and practical experiences and has been influential in the emergence and evolution of the field of environmental justice.

Torres previously taught at Cornell Law School, the University of Texas Law School, and the University of Minnesota Law School, serving as an associate dean at the latter. He is also a former president of the Association of American Law Schools and served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Clinton administration.

Torres’s past work has examined how U.S. regulations have created racially or ethnically marginalized communities that bear a disproportionate share of environmental burdens and also has focused on developing strategies to improve governmental decision-making. He is also a leading scholar in critical race theory — a theoretical framework that examines questions of race and racism from a legal standpoint. “The Miner’s Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy,” a book he co-authored with Lani Guinier, was described as “one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years.” His work also includes the study of conflicts over resource management between Native American tribes, states, and the federal government.

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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