Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice


The Museum Studies program at IUPUI is one of 22 university programs joining community partners to explore the roots of climate and environmental inequality as part of the Humanities Action Lab (HAL)’s Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice”. The goal is to explore the history of environmental harm in Indianapolis, promote public dialogue, and encourage people to take action for a more just and sustainable future for all. Museum Studies students, with the help of the Kheprw Institute and other community partners, have also developed companion exhibits, digital humanities projects, and a series of public programs. These resources and experiences will amplify the Indianapolis story and create ways for diverse audiences to connect to the history of environmental harm and the disproportional impact on marginalized communities.

Join us for the Exhibit Opening on January 9, 2020 
Central Library, Atrium
6:30 – 8:00 pm
40 E St. Clair St. Indianapolis, IN 46204

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“Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice”
traveling exhibit (in English and Spanish),
Central Library, Atrium January 9- January 15, 2020
Central Library, 6th Floor January 16 -February 16, 2020

Fall Creek: A Look at Art and the Environment
Tim Farris Photography
Central Library, Yellow Gallery December 9- January 25th

* Open during library public hours.


Virtual Exhibit

“Indianapolis Toxic Sites and Community Treasures” a Google Poly virtual tour created by Museum Studies students Alisha Baginski, Hannah Lundell, and Megan Perry.


Supporting Events

Parachuting into Environmental Justice

You’re invited to Parachute into Environmental Justice! Remember the parachute as a kid in gym class? The parachute is the same from gym class in elementary school but this time you can draw on it! During this activity, we will be talking about what Environmental Justice is and what it means to you and us. There will also be fun activities to help get you moving and thinking about Environmental Justice. Local artist Andrea Jandernoa will be there to help you get started and give demonstrations for some inspiration!

We are thankful for Big Car Collaborative as our community partner in making this possible.

January 3, 2020
Tube Factory
6:00 – 10:00 pm

January 9, 2020
Central Library
6:30 – 8:00 pm

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Our Environment, Your Voice: A Writing Workshop about Environmental Justice

Writing workshop that inspires participants to write about their personal experiences with environmental justice. Facilitated by the Kheprw Institute and IndyStar environmental reporters.

February 25, 2020                                                                                                    Kheprw Institute                                                                                                 

4:00 - 5:00 pm

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Earthseed and Environmental Justice: A conversation around Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower

Come join fellow readers and environmental justice enthusiasts for a one-night book club about Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. It will be a night of conversation, fellowship, and reflection on an important work by a black female author!

January 21, 2020
Central Library, Center for Black Literature and Culture
6:00 – 7:00 pm

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Follow the Fall Creek Flow

Fort Harrison State Park and IUPUI are partnering on this program highlighting creek health. Join us at the Delaware Shelter to discover the importance of our waterways and how pollution is affecting the ecological balance. Afterwards, walk the creek banks to pick up litter and provide a cleaner environment! Participants will have park entrance fee waived.

January 25, 2020
Fort Benjamin Harrison Park, Delaware Shelter
1:00 – 2:30 pm

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Drinking Water Quality in Indianapolis: A Panel Discussion

Examining the intersection of policy, technology, and environmental justice in drinking water: What policies and structures shape our current systems? Who is well served by these systems, and who isn’t? And how can we provide safe, sustainable, and equitable access to drinking water for all?

February 1, 2020
Central Library, Riley Room
12:00 – 2:00 pm

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Down by the Banks: An Interactive Theatre History of Water Equality in Indianapolis

Join us for a theatrical exploration of environmental justice and injustices addressed in the Climates of Inequality exhibit, recently on display at the Indianapolis Central Library. 

The performance has been cancelled due to public health concerns, and we hope to reschedule it at a future date (TBA).

March 23, 2020
Central Library
6:00 pm 

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