TBD | Graduate Training Program Informational Meeting

The Science and Justice Research Center will host an Informational Meeting on our internationally recognized interdisciplinary Graduate Training and Certificate Program:

TBD, February, 2018

12:30 – 2:00PM

 TBD Graduate Student Commons

Our Science and Justice Training Program (SJTP) is a globally unique initiative that trains doctoral students to work across the disciplinary boundaries of the natural and social sciences, engineering, humanities and the arts. Through the SJTP we at UC Santa Cruz currently teach new generations of PhD students the skills of interdisciplinary collaboration, ethical deliberation, and public communication. Students in the program design collaborative research projects oriented around questions of science and justice. These research projects not only contribute to positive outcomes in the wider world, they also become the templates for new forms of problem-based and collaborative inquiry within and beyond the university.

Spring 2018 Course:
Science & Justice: Experiments in Collaboration
Assistant Professor Kristina Lyons (Feminist Studies, Anthropology, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Science and Justice)
Time: TBD, Location: TBD

Students from all disciplines are encouraged to attend
Prior graduate fellows have come from every campus Division.

13 Represented Departments:
Anthropology, Biomolecular Engineering, Earth & Planetary Sciences, Environmental Studies, Film and Digital Arts, Digital Arts and New Media, History of Consciousness, Literature, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, and Sociology

As SJTP students graduate they take the skills and experience they gained in the training program into the next stage of their career in universities, industry, non-profits, and government.

Opportunities include graduate Certificate Program, experience organizing and hosting colloquia series about your research, mentorship, opportunities for research funding and training in conducting interdisciplinary research at the intersections of science and society.

For more information on the Science & Justice Training Program, visit: https://scijust.ucsc.edu/about-sjrc/sjtp/

Science and Justice Writing Together

Wednesdays (fall term)

9:00 AM -12:00 PM

SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231


Wanting to establish a regular writing routine exploring science and justice? Join SJRC scholars Wednesday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm in the SJRC Common Room beginning Oct 4th through Dec 5th for open writing sessions! Engage in six 25-minute writing sessions (with a 5 minute break in between).

Open to all SJRC graduate students, faculty and visiting scholars. We will schedule writing sessions on a quarterly basis based on interest and availability, please be in touch if you are interested in participating in the future but cannot participate on Wednesdays during Fall quarter.

For more information, please contact Lindsey Dillon (Assistant Professor of Sociology).

Nov 29 | Treasure Island and Ecological, Infrastructural, and Racial Justice

Illustration of the world melting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

4:00-6:00 PM

Science and Justice Common Room, Oakes 231

“Treasure Island and Ecological, Infrastructural, & Racial Justice – Atomic Maneuvers, Toxic Legacies, and the Current Housing Crisis in the Bay Area: For Whom and When is Treasure Island Habitable?”

San Francisco’s Treasure Island, constructed for the 1939 Gold Gate Internal Exposition, was given to the US Navy on the eve of World War II. While under the Navy’s dominion, the island because a simulation site for training soldiers to handle disasters. Following the testing of the hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll in 1952, Treasure Island became ground zero for training exercises on radioactive contamination. These “simulations” leaked into the real world, contaminating the Island with toxic and radioactive substances (Dillon, see background reading). When the military left Treasure Island they gave it to the city of San Francisco. Treasure Island, a toxic site, is inhabited by a majority of people of color, who are now being threatened with eviction in order to accommodate the city’s plan to build 8500 new housing units.

The inseparability of ecological, infrastructural, and racial justice will be a central theme of the presentations, asking: For whom and when is Treasure Island habitable? There will be plenty of time for conversation, and there will also be refreshments.

Karen Barad (Feminist Studies, SJRC)


Lindsey Dillon (UCSC Sociology, SJRC, EDGI)

Topiary Landberg (UCSC Film & Digital Media, SJRC fellow)

Smadar Lavie (Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley, resident of Treasure Island)

Erin McElroy (UCSC Feminist Studies, Co-Founder of the San Francisco Anti-Eviction Mapping Project)


For Background Reading, please email Lindsey Dillon:

Lindsey Dillon, “Pandemonium on the Bay: Naval Station Treasure Island and the Toxic Legacies of Atomic Defense”

Background on the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project:


Jan 17 | Visiting Scholars Round Robin

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

4:00-5:30 PM

SJRC Common Room, Oakes 231


S&J welcomes Lesley Green, (Fulbright Scholar, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town, South Africa) to the S&J Visiting Scholars Program who will share a bit about their work and research intentions while visiting Santa Cruz. This will be a great chance for everyone to meet the new visiting faces of the Center, learn about their work and foster emerging collaborations!

Interested in visiting Science & Justice? Visit our website for more information on the SJRC Visiting Scholar Program.