Sustainability Speaker Series


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The Sustainability Speaker Series provides opportunities to learn from and engage with experts and thought leaders immersed in the global movement for a sustainability transformation.  Speakers present on issues addressing one or more of the four pillars of a sustainable world: nature, economy, society, and individual wellbeing.

The purpose of the Sustainability Speaker Series is to raise important issues to spark further conversation, investigation, and action.  The Sustainability Speaker Series is sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and collaborating units across the university.

2018-19 Speaker: Heather Hackman

Dr. Heather Hackman visited Auburn in February 2019 to present her talk: “Finding Common Cause: Sustainability through a Social Justice Lens.”  In addition, Dr. Hackman conducted a series of workshops on inclusion and diversity for various campus units.

Photo of Heather HackmanDr. Hackman has been teaching and training on social justice issues since 1992 and was a professor in the Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education at St. Cloud State University in St Cloud, Minnesota for 12 years before she began focusing full time on consulting. She has taught courses in social justice and multicultural education, race and racism, heterosexism and homophobia, social justice education, oppression and social change, sexism and gender oppression, class oppression, and Jewish oppression.

She received her doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000 and has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, St Cloud State University, Hamline University, and the University of St Thomas. In 2005 she founded Hackman Consulting group and consults nationally on issues of deep diversity, equity and social justice and has focused most of her recent training work on issues of racism and white privilege, gender oppression, heterosexism and homophobia, and classism.

She has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working a book examining issue of race, racism and whiteness in education through a model she calls “cellular wisdom”. In 2009, she was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and has developed corporate training rubrics that combine her social justice content with GPTWI’s “trust” frameworks. She has sat on the board of Minnesota NAME as president, the board of Rainbow Families, has served on numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work, and since 2012 has served as a member of the Advisory Council for the White Privilege Conference.

Her most recent research and conference presentations have focused on climate change and its intersections with issues of race, class and gender.

2017-18 Speaker: Colonel Mark 'Puck' Mykleby, USMC (Ret)

We welcomed Colonel Mykleby to campus in February 2018 for a series of classroom visits and his main evening talk: “How can elevating sustainability promote America’s greatness & enhance national prosperity & security at home & abroad?”

Colonel Mykleby is the Co-Founder of Long Haul Capital Group, LLC; a company dedicated to creating sustainable, walkable, and healthy communities. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1987 and served as a Marine fighter pilot through 2006. From June 2007 until July 2009, he developed strategy at US Special Operations Command. From July 2009 until April 2011, he served as a special strategic assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Mark retired from the Marine Corps in August 2011. From August 2011 to September 2014, Mark was a senior fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC and from September 2014 until February 2017 he was Co-Director of the Strategic Innovation Lab at Case Western Reserve University. While at Case Western, he, along with Joel Makower and Patrick Doherty, co-authored “The New Grand Strategy”, which was released in June 2016.