Experiments in Environmental Humanities: Research, Teaching and Collaboration
Intergenerational Environmental Humanities
‘The Science is Clear’: Why the Climate Crisis Needs New Narratives”
"'The Science is Clear" make a case for narratives that develop localized, lived accounts of climate change by drawing from examples that at once contribute on-the-ground knowledge and envision possible futures beyond catastrophe.
"Nature remade" addresses a strain of environmental thought centered on the West Coast that advances a simultaneously neocolonial and futuristic orientation to the climate crisis. Through this lens of nature remade,ecosystems must be technologically retrofitted to sustain privileged modes of human life—rather than remediated through structural transformations that arc toward environmental justice.
Talking Trash Book Response
An online discussion of Maite Zubiaurre's 2019 book Talking Trash: Cultural Uses of Waste with Allison Carruth and Charlene Villaseñor-Black.
Nature by design
Proposals to revive and reintroduce extinct species—known as de-extinction—garner outsize attention in discussions of biodiversity loss and climate adaptation. “Nature by Design” compares the scientific literature and popular science around de-extinction as it has been envisioned in the U.S. and considers its complicated relationship to the discourse of rewilding cities, farmlands, forests and parks.
Life After Earth
The 2019 Anschutz Distinguished Fellow lecture, this talk connected twentieth-century engineered transformations of the California landscape to past and ongoing proposals for extraterrestrial engineering, and examined the assumptions underlying real-world and speculative world-building projects.
KCET Environmental Film Festival
This annual film festival organized by KCET/SoCal PBS featured two documentary shorts produced by UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS), alongside four feature films and a premier of KCET's 2018 season of “Earth Focus.”
LENS Program at Earth Now/Earth 2050
From public policy to installation art, this conference explored all facets of modern environmental challenges and highlights efforts to make lives and businesses more sustainable. It served as the debut of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).
Play the LA River Launch
Presentation about movement known as bioart to plant scientist community at Washington State University's Bread Lab, with a focus on agricultural and culinary artistic experiments.
Aspen Ideas Festival
A conversation about the future of cities, food and work, with Allison Carruth, Layla Janah, Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley. An "Inspiring Innovators" plenary session at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Food Justice Conference
The 2011 Food Justice Conference shared research from a wide range of disciplines, built opportunities for collaboration, and connected Oregon food and agriculture communities to national and international groups. Participants included policymakers, nonprofit leaders, farmers, and artists as well as scholars in anthropology, literary and cultural studies, law, ethics, environmental studies, plant genetics, soil sciences, geography, sociology, agriculture, marine biology, and visual art.