“Project Aurora” Panel Discussion with Ginny Ruffner, Ed Fries, and Wanda Gregory, Thursday, May 23rd

Learn about the making of Project Aurora from the creators—artist Ginny Ruffner, technologist Ed Fries, and scholar Wanda Gregory—in a panel discussion moderated by Chief Curator, Leslie Anderson. This program celebrates the National Nordic Museum’s acquisition of this important work of art. Learn about the making of Project Aurora from the creators—artist Ginny Ruffner, technologist...

May 23, 2024

Jennifer Atkinson Publishes The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators

Jennifer Atkinson published The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators: How to Teach in a Burning World with University of California Press. Atkinson co-edited the book with Dr. Sarah Jaquette Ray. The book features contributions from 35 scholars, educators, activists, educational staff, artists, game designers and students who are integrating emotion into climate justice work....

May 17, 2024

Shannon Cram participates in a symposium at Duke University

Shannon Cram presented at the Politics of Dwelling in the Anthropocene symposium at Duke University. Hosted by the Asian Pacific Studies Institute, the symposium centered around two primary questions: “How do anthropogenic activities both jeopardize and constitute the very grounds of our coexistence? How do people navigate complex landscapes amidst global realities of unsettling disparities,...

May 7, 2024

Shannon Cram wins the Cultural and Political Ecology Outstanding Book Award

Shannon Cram won the 2024 Cultural and Political Ecology Outstanding Book Award. Given to one book annually by the Association of American Geographers’ Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, this award celebrates authors that “demonstrate leadership through broadly influential, critical, and innovative thinking.” Cram’s book, Unmaking the Bomb: Environmental Cleanup and the Politics of Impossibility,...

May 7, 2024

Shannon Cram presents at the LA Times Festival of Books

Shannon Cram participated in a panel about nuclear weapons at the 2024 LA Times Festival of Books. Cram discussed her recent book, Unmaking the Bomb: Environmental Cleanup and the Politics of Impossibility in conversation with investigative journalists Sarah Scoles, Annie Jacobsen, and Margot Roosevelt.

May 7, 2024

Jennifer Atkinson Gives Author Talk for California State University Faculty

Jennifer Atkinson gave an author talk at CSU to launch her new book, The Existential Toolkit for Climate Justice Educators: How to Teach in a Burning World. The talk was live-streamed for all 22 campuses of the California State University System, and is now available to view on YouTube. Atkinson co-edited the book with Dr....

May 2, 2024

Jennifer Atkinson gives keynote talk at OSU on Collective Climate Action

Jennifer Atkinson gave a keynote talk for the new series on “Collective Climate Action: Inspired Organizing for Our Future” as part of Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project. The Collective Climate series was launched to bring together the practical wisdom of environmental science, the clarity of philosophy, and the transformational power of the written word...

April 23, 2024

Yolanda Padilla publishes on the Latinx essay for the Cambridge History of the American Essay

Yolanda Padilla published a chapter titled “Latinx Culture and the Essay” in The Cambridge History of the American Essay. In her overview of this important but neglected genre, Padilla identifies three especially significant strands of the Latinx essay: the crónica, which has its roots in Latin American journalistic traditions, the personal essay, and the radical...

April 17, 2024

Kari Lerum publishes two essays in The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ+ Studies

Associate Professor Kari Lerum recently published two essays in the second edition of The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ+ Studies. The first essay, “Sex work and Criminalization,” is a revised and updated version of Lerum’s essay by the same name appearing in the 2016 The Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ+ Studies. The essay defines sex work within...

April 17, 2024

A Call for Global Cultural Change to Shift Civilization and Save the Planet

In a review published April 2, 2024, University of Hawaii atmospheric scientist Charles Fletcher, UWB professor Phoebe Barnard and a team of eminent western and indigenous scientists, historians, futurists, and other global colleagues consider the causes of and solutions to multiple converging and interwoven crises on Earth, including climate change, ecological destruction, disease, pollution, and...

April 3, 2024