Care for Our Common Home Series: Interdisciplinary Discussions of Environmental Justice, Sustainability

The University of San Diego’s Humanities Center “is dedicated to the exploration of the human condition and the limitless ways in which human beings understand and interact with our world.”

For four consecutive Tuesdays, from September 29 to October 20, the center hosted a virtual discussion series titled, “Care for Our Common Home: Environmental Justice and Sustainability Across Disciplines.” Four elements comprised the series — Water, Energy, Food and Extinction — and for the first three weeks, there were interdisciplinary talks given by a pair of USD faculty. The final event brought two guest speakers outside the university in to speak on extinction.

Water: Presentations were given by Kate Boersma, PhD, Biology — High and Dry: Aquatic Organism Adaptations to Life Without Water; Andy Tirrell, PhD, JD, Political Science —The Water-Food-Energy-Climate Nexus.

Energy: Presentations courtesy of Meaghan Weatherdon, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies — Energized by Spirit: Indigenous Youth and Environmental Activism; Hannah Holtzman, PhD, Humanities Center and Art, Architecture + Art History — Filming the Uncertain Time of Nuclear Energy.

Food: Presentations by Michel Boudrias, PhD, Environmental and Ocean Sciences — Climate Change Impacts on Food Availability, Waste and Sustainability; Aaron Gross, PhD, Theology and Religious Studies — Can University Food Become an Anti-Oppressive Practice? Introducing the USD Food Studies Initiative.

Extinction: Presentations were given by Ursula Heise, PhD, Marcia H. Howard Chair in literary studies in the Department of English and Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA — Extinction and Multispecies Justice; Jeff Stuker, MFA, artist and filmmaker — Stuker showed a short film, Fulgora laternaria (2014).

Throughout this series, speakers from the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences reflected on environmental issues of immediate and long-term concern, model diverse approaches to the climate crisis, the urgent challenges it poses to our civilizations, and shared ideas on how we can adapt to the changes in an increasingly turbulent world.

— USD News Center

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