The Deep Read: Elizabeth Kolbert in Conversation with Ezra Klein
Join us for the culminating event of the 2023 Deep Read—a live discussion with Pulitzer Prize-winning science journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and NY Times columnist and podcast host Ezra Klein. We’ll discuss this year’s Deep Read book, Under a White Sky, which depicts the stark changes and emerging technologies affecting our climate and world.
Building Belonging Student Showcase 2023
The Institute for Social Transformation hosted an end-of-year celebration and student showcase event to honor the work that has been accomplished in the Building Belonging program.
Students who have been involved in the program in 2022-2023 will present their contributions to research projects.
Deep Read Faculty Salon 2023
On May 4 we hosted a salon-style event where our participating professors lead a discussion of this year’s Deep Read book, Under a White Sky, with UCSC students and the broader Deep Read community.
- Jorge Menna Barreto, Environmental Art
- Mike Beck, Marine Sciences, Director of the Center for Coastal Climate Resilience
- Jody Biehl, Literature and Science Communication Program
- Sikina Jinnah, Environmental Studies
Confronting Climate Change
Confronting Climate Change is an annual public lecture series that brings together scientists, artists, policy experts, and community members to discuss our planet’s wellbeing and share solutions for our future.
- Julie Livingston, New York University
- Matthew Huber, Purdue University
- Bharat Venkat, UC Los Angeles
- Moderator: Andrew Mathews, UC Santa Cruz
What’s Happening in Peru? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Structural Crisis
The current situation in Peru is the latest expression of a deep structural crisis, rooted in historical relations of dominance since colonial times in the highly centralized country. This is reflected in the long-standing conflictive relationship between the capital, Lima, and the other regions, which has polarized the public debate even more. The role of media and emerging technologies have played a crucial role in how these protests have been represented, adding fire to this polarization. To understand this multidimensional crisis from multidisciplinary perspectives, this round table features scholars from both the humanities and social sciences who will reflect on the historical, social, cultural, economic, and political implications of the ongoing crisis for the future of Peru.
Slugs and Steins: An Economist’s Perspective on Climate Change and Global Inequality
Climate change is a global problem and solving it requires a global effort. Some possible climate solutions are consistent with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN, while other solutions may be at odds with these goals. The lecture will discuss ways of thinking about different climate solutions in the context of global inequality and SDGs. The lecture will also discuss climate-related risks faced by the financial sector and how private investors may be incentivized to invest in climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Night at the Museum – Resettlement: Chicago Story
What is it like to be forced to leave your home, deny your heritage, and start over? Join us for the California premiere of Resettlement: Chicago Story, a new short fictional film and educational website, which explores how people of Japanese ancestry remade their lives in the Midwest after their wrongful incarceration during World War II.
Architects of Abundance: Indigenous Regenerative Food Systems and the Excavation of Hidden History
Colonization is an issue of climate justice. Contrary to popular belief, Indigenous Peoples leveraged immense influence on their surrounding lands, fires, and waters in ways that could heal our planet today.
Conversations on Climate Justice featuring:
- Dr. Lyla June Johnston (www.lylajune.com)
- Chairman Valentin Lopez (www.amahmutsun.org)
- Brook M Thompson (www.brookmthompson.com)
- Dr. Chris Benner (www.transform.ucsc.edu)
Solidarity and Spirituality: Soul, Scale, and Strategy in a Time of Crisis
Together we are forging new futures so that our communities are sustained and thriving. Join us as nationally renowned Valarie Kaur (Revolutionary Love Project) leads us through a conversation that weaves her own work as well as new works by our other speakers: The Activist Spirit: Toward a Radical Solidarity (Victor Narro, UCLA Labor Center) and Solidarity Economics: Why Mutuality and Movements Matter (Chris Benner, UCSC and Manuel Pastor, USC).