Diving Deep: Dialogues on Environmental Justice

Department: Humanities Center

Date and Time: May 18, 2021 - May 25, 2021 | 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Event Location: Zoom

Event Details

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Join the Humanities Center for

Diving Deep:
Dialogues on Environmental Justice

As part of our 2020-2021 theme exploring cultural and ecological connections to oceans, the UCI Humanities Center will present a symposium exploring active interventions with the deep. 

This symposium will be a collaborative effort bringing together the humanities and the sciences, as well as other STEAM fields from around the UCI campus.

Three sessions will provide practical approaches to studying our oceans, engaging our communities around fighting for their access and preservation, and inspiring future generations to protect these fragile ecological and cultural environments.
Session Breakdown

Session 1A Gathering of Perspectives on Environmental Justice  - May 18 See it HERE
A panel of interdisciplinary scholars will discuss their experiences with engaging communities to tackle environmental problems.

Session 2: Environmental Justice in Action - May 20 See it HERE
This panel explores the model of community-based, participatory action research by featuring existing collaborations between UCI faculty, students, and staff and community organizations, most notably, with Crystal Cove Conservancy and Orange County Environmental Justice.

Session 3: Toolkits for Envisioning the Future - May 25 RSVP HERE
Learn from and envision the future with different student-led environmental education resources at UCI, including the development of the EcoSpuddies kindergarten curriculum, the undergraduate Environmental Justice Collective, and the Climate Futures Collective study group.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Ridge to Reef, Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the Orange County Regional History Center, UCI Libraries, and other partners.
Check out the Diving Deep video series. In this collection of interviews, humanists and scientists discuss how they examine our relationships with the oceans. A critical component of these dialogs is the collaboration between the humanities and the sciences to solve issues facing our oceanic and cultural environments.

Diving Deep Ep. 1 - "Thinking Botanically: a Conversation about Literature and Science" with Jon Pitt, Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies, and Alyse Larkin, Postdoctoral Researcher, Earth System Science. See it HERE.

Diving Deep Ep. 2 - "The Currents of Memory: A Conversation about Art and Oceans" with Patrick Rafter, Assistant Project Scientist, Earth Systems Science, and Kathie Foley-Meyer, Ph.D. Candidate, Visual Studies. See it HERE.

Diving Deep Ep. 3 - "Environmental Problem Solvers: A Conversation about History and Ecology" with Steve Allison, Ridge 2 Reef Director and Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Earth Systems Science, and Juan Manuel Rubio, Ph.D. Candidate, History. See it HERE.