Thursday May 7, 2009

1:30pm to 2:30 pm

Conference Registration

2:30pm to 2:45pm

Opening Remarks

Carolyn De La Peña
Associate Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
Director, UC Davis Humanities Institute

Jessie Ann Owens
Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies

2:45pm to 4:15pm

Session 1: UC Lands and Environmental Humanities

“The Origins of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System”
Peter Alagona
Assistant Professor, History and Environmental Studies, UC Santa Barbara

“Dissolving Boundaries, Creating Communities with the Putah-Cache Bioregion Project”
Mike Madison
Local Farmer and Writer

Rob Thayer
Professor Emeritus, Landscape Architecture, UC Davis

“The Art of Regional Change”
jesika maria ross
Director, Art of Regional Change, UC Davis

Moderator: Michael Ziser
Assistant Professor, English, UC Davis

4:15pm to 4:30pm


4:30pm to 5:30pm

Keynote Address: "California and the Invention of Permaculture"

Kim Stanley Robinson

Acclaimed author of the Three Californias, Mars, and Science in the Capital trilogies, Kim Stanley Robinson has spent his career joining scientific research, literary imagination, and environmental awareness into narratives that both engage and challenge readers from all corners of American culture.

Introduction:  Joe Dumit 
Associate Professor, Anthropology, UC Davis
Director, Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis

5:30pm to 6:30pm

Reception and Book Signings

In addition to light refreshments and lively conversation, a selection of books highlighting the research of conference participants and UC Davis scholars in the environmental humanities and social sciences will be available for purchase and signing.  

Friday May 8, 2009

7:45am to 8:30am

Coffee and Registration

8:30am to 8:45am

Opening Remarks

Louis Warren
W. Turrentine Jackson Professor of Western U.S. History, UC Davis

8:45am to 10:15am

Session 2: The University of California and Sustainable Agriculture

“Legitimizing Agricultural Sustainability within the Land-Grant System: The Power of Public Interest Coalitions in Redirecting University of California Research and Education 1984-1995”
Emmett Fiske
Professor, Community and Rural Sociology, Washington State University
Associate Director, Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach


Tom Tomich
Professor, Human and Community Development and Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis
Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute
Director, UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program

Jan Goggans
Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, UC Merced

Moderator: Ryan Galt
Assistant Professor, Human and Community Development, UC Davis


10:15am to 10:30am



Session 3:  The University and Air Quality

"Science vs. Smog: Scientists, Universities, and Air Pollution in California, 1940-1975"
Robert Denning
PhD Candidate, History, The Ohio State University


Anthony Wexler
Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Professor of Land, Air, and Water Resources
Director, UC Davis Air Quality Research Center

Tim Choy
Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Science and Technology Studies, UC Davis

Moderator:  Jonathan London
Director, Center for Regional Change
Assistant Professor, Human and Community Development, UC Davis

12:00pm to 1:30pm


1:30pm to 3:00pm

Session 4:  Water Resources and Flood Control

“Hazardous Metropolis: Flood Control and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles“
Jared Orsi
Associate Professor, Colorado State University


Patrick Carroll
Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Davis

Jay R. Lund
Ray B. Krone Professor of Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
Director, Center for Watershed Sciences

Moderator: Ari Kelman
Associate Professor, History Department, UC Davis

3:00pm to 3:15pm


3:15pm to 4:45pm

Concluding Roundtable: Crossing Disciplines: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences

Reaching across diverse disciplines, leading environmental scholars explore the value of the humanities in partnerships with the sciences and the possibilities for meaningful collaboration with local communities and policymakers.

Louis Warren
Professor, History, UC Davis

Simon Sadler
Director and Professor, Art History, UC Davis

Deb Niemeier
Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
Director, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Tom Beamish
Associate Professor, Sociology, UC Davis

Moderator:  Julie Sze
Associate Professor, American Studies, UC Davis
Director, Environmental Justice Project, John Muir Institute of the Environment

4:45pm to 5:00pm

Closing Remarks

Carolyn De La Pena

5:00pm to 6:00pm


5:45pm to 8:00pm

Performance: 25 Stories, Playback Theatre

A master's thesis comes to life through 25 stories of personal growth and civic engagement — sometimes shocking, sometimes sad, always inspiring. Photos from the communities and back roads of the Central Valley document women leaders struggling for environmental justice. Playback Theater honors activism and human experience in a way that is immediate, direct and universally human.

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