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Meet the Keynotes

Join your local sustainability community for a day of learning, inspiration and action on Friday, November 2 at the Sustain Dane Summit! What can we achieve together? Explore and create our future with keynote speakers, presenters, performers and artists. Check back to this page for new updates as we continue to announce our exciting lineup of featured guests.

Together We Resist: Keynote Speaker

Victoria Barrett

Victoria is from low-lying land in New York, which is threatened by rising sea levels and more frequent storm surges, and has felt firsthand climate impacts in the form of Hurricane Sandy, when her home lost power and her school and local transport shut down. She is a plaintiff in the lawsuit brought by Our Children's Trust against the United States government for failing to act to protect our climate for future generations. ​Victoria is a Fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, and traveled to Paris to attend and speak at the COP21 UN Conference on Climate Change. After marching in solidarity with more than 400,000 people at the People’s Climate March in New York City, she organized her peers in local frontline climate campaigns, met with the Minister of Environment and Energy for the Maldives, and met with former U.S. astronaut, Kathryn D. Sullivan, who now serves as the Administrator for NOAA. Most recently, she spoke at the United Nations headquarters in New York City for the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. 
Victoria is now a first-year undergraduate student at UW-Madison. She currently sits on the diversity committee for the Nelson Institute to help advise and involve students of color in environmental activism, including action at the local level. She cares deeply about climate change, justice, and human rights, especially regarding the ways climate change affects young people like her.

Together We Lead: Keynote Panel Presenter

Reynaldo Morales

Reynaldo was born in 1963 in Lima, Peru. Studied Social Communication Sciences and Media at the University of Lima from 1980-1988, working in national and international television press, and as documentarian and educational media producer traveled across the Peruvian Andes and Amazon basin for more than two decades. Reynaldo continued with a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and Digital Media, and became a current ABD dissertator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a joint doctoral degree with School of Education and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Reynaldo has worked for 6 yrs. with the Dpt. of Biochemistry, the POSOH Project, and the College of Menominee Nation on a large USDA grant for science and environmental education incorporating Indigenous Knowledge in high school science curriculums.
Reynaldo also assisted Patty Loew for the last 5 years in the Tribal Youth Media Project and the Global Health Field Course, having served as Lecturer at Patty Loew video production course with the Life Science Communication Department. He had led digital storytelling annual projects with the Earth Partnership UW-Arboretum project around educational media collective productions with high school students for three years. He recently organized and facilitated the international seminar called “Global Indigeneity and Sustainability” with the Institute for Regional and International Studies, meeting in the Fall 2016 at the College of Menominee Nation, and in Spring 2017 at UW-Madison with the Nelson Institute. He presented last year his last co-production with Native American Student Association from Madison students at the National High Journalism Convention in San Francisco with one former student from Ponca Nation who now attends Stanford University.  Reynaldo teaches since 2016 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville an Ethnic Studies course called “The Native American Experience”. His doctoral dissertation is about the shifts in science and environmental education promoted by the restoration of Indigenous Knowledge Systems, using a case study of educational interventions related to the protection of Indigenous genetic resources, biological diversity and intellectual property, to question how diverse Indigenous knowledge systems can transform science, health, nutrition, agriculture, germplasm bio-fortification, ethnobotany, and biochemistry. 

Together We Create: Keynote Artist


TetraPAKMAN is creating the future. His work is committed to both environmental and social change, creating thought-provoking sculptures and installations using materials most people consider trash: plastic bottles, metal cans, Tetra Pak cartons, bottle caps, yogurt containers, and so on. His inventive approach to his materials results in evolving sculptures that play with repetitive pattering, the movement of light and shadow, and structural ingenuity. TetraPAKMAN believes in the power of the Arts as a tool and as a medium. He uses abstraction as a language that helps us communicate with everybody, without limitations or distinctions. His work has been shown in Mexico, Spain, Peru and the United States.

Together We Laugh: Keynote Performer

1491s: Dallas Goldtooth, Migizi Pensoneau & Bobby Wilson

This group of indigenous misfits originally came together to make funny videos to put on YouTube. Since their first video in 2009, the group's work has gone viral - earning fans around the globe with their satirical and absurd comedy. From sold out performances to appearances on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "TEDx Talks," the group continues to grow. The 1491s travel around the world sharing their humor through live performances, panels, discussions and other events. The 1491s are preparing for their first feature film. It will be all you desire and more. The 1491s are bringing their talents to the big stage through a partnership with OSF Company and New Native Theater. 
The 1491s are a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. They coined the term All My Relations, and are still waiting on the royalties. They were at Custer's Last Stand. They mooned Chris Columbus when he landed. They invented bubble gum. The 1491s teach young women to be strong. And teach young men how to seduce these strong women. 
Thanks to our performance sponsor, Ho-Chunk Gaming - Madison.