Julian Brave NoiseCat on Indigenous Peoples vs. ApocalypseDescription
Julian Brave NoiseCat, an indigenous writer and political strategist, will join us for a night of storytelling and conversation about his in-process book, We Survived the Night. The novel weaves together reporting on Indigenous stories of resilience in the United States and Canada with a personal narrative about his own journey as a young writer. Following the storytelling portion of the night, Julian will be interviewed by KQED reporter Alice Woelfle.
Julian's work cuts across the fields of journalism, policy, research, art, activism and advocacy, often engaging multiple disciplines at once. He is the Vice President of Policy & Strategy with Data for Progress, a think tank, and a fellow at the Type Media Center. The belief that Indigenous peoples can contribute to understanding and addressing the world's most pressing challenges inspires his work. In 2021, he was named to the TIME100 Next list of emerging leaders. “The climate crisis will be at the center of our public life for the foreseeable future,” Bill McKibben wrote in the magazine’s citation. “And NoiseCat—no question—will continue to work from the center of that center.” Raised in a single-mother household in Oakland, California, Julian is a proud member of the Canim Lake Band Tsq'escen and a descendant of the Lil'Wat Nation of Mount Currie.
Before becoming a journalist, Alice Woelfle worked as an educator, classical musician, and sheep rancher. She honed her journalistic chops in Mendocino County covering wildfires, and reporting on cultural events and the economic challenges facing rural communities. Alice grew up in Los Angeles and is the daughter of a children’s author, and an artist. She lives in Oakland with her boyfriend and their newborn twins.
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