Lives in Transition

Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture Lives in Transition Technology, Policy, Ethics, and Culture graphic.

« The world is rapidly transforming. Some of that change is disruptive, challenging us to find new ways of engaging our day to day lives, education, work, and careers. Some of that change provides amazing opportunities for making the world a better place for all of us. This series brings together leading voices on transformative change and asks them to address all of us: to teach us what they know, help us navigate the often confusing world around us,  and guide us toward making the kinds of  wise choices that can help us all move forward. »

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in partnership with the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Michigan Tech, and the Portage Lake District Library

This program is funded in part by the Van Evera Distinguished Lecture Series and the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Logos for the Portage Lake Distric Library, IPEC at Michigan Tech, Rozsa Center, and Michigan Humanities.


Suzanne Simard

Suzanne Simard

Professor of Forest Ecology

with discussant Sarah Green, Interim Department Chair, Chemistry


"Finding the Mother Tree"

Tuesday, February 22, 7:00 PM Eastern Time

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein


with discussant Will Cantrell, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School


"Black Feminist Technoscience in the Cosmos"

Thursday, February 24, 7:00 PM 

Mic Isham

Mic Isham

Tribal Chairman, Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Indians

with discussant Valoree Gagnon, Director University-Indigenous Community Partnerships


"Stewardship of the Land in a Changing Climate"

Monday, February 28, 7:00 PM

Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp

Data Artist

with discussant Jennifer Daryl Slack, Director Institute for Policy, Ethics, and Culture


"Living in Data"

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00 PM

Sara Hendren

Sara Hendren

Adaptive & Assistive Technology

with discussant Kelly Steelman, Department Chair and Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences


"Prosthetic Futures: Adaptive Technology for the Worlds We Want"

Tuesday, March 15, 7:00 PM

Michael Lechuga

Michael Lechuga

Latin American Migration Studies

with discussant Gabriel Escobido, Director Center for Diversity & Inclusion


"Aliens, Technology, and Citizenship in a Settler Colony"

Thursday, March 17, 7:00 PM