Kate Pride Brown Lecture Spring 2023

The Power of Civil Society, Reflected in Siberia's Lake Baikal
Kate Pride Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology, Georgia Tech

May 11, 2023
5:00 pm
Haldeman 41

Please join us for tea before the event.

Lake Baikal is a global treasure, containing one-fifth of Earth's surface freshwater and home to thousands of unique endemic species. Locals have long appreciated the lake and striven to protect it from harm. This talk will explain how Baikal activism has changed across social-political-economic contexts. In doing so, it will elucidate a global field of power relationships between governments, multinational corporations, transnational activist groups, and local civil society.

Kate Pride Brown is an environmental and political sociologist whose research focuses on a range of issues, including environmental activism in Russia and conservation policy in the United States. She received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment. Her book, Saving the Sacred SeaThe Power of Civil Society in an Age of Authoritarianism and Globalization (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines the conflict between local and transnational environmentalists, multinational corporations, and the Russian government over the future of Lake Baikal, the largest, deepest and oldest freshwater lake on Earth. 

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by the Russian Department, Sociology Department, Dickey Center, Artic Institute. Leslie Center for the Humanities