Past Events

Soil Health and its Maladies: Field Notes with Farmers in the Global South

We draw upon our research with small farmers in Uganda and Colombia to discuss the way emergent ideas about “soil health” may serve to build collaborations between soil scientists, agricultural extensionists, and farmers in the global South. We also explore how a concern for soils pushes us beyond human-centric frameworks, and towards understanding the shared ecological nature of justice, ethics, well-being, and food production. Continue Reading Soil Health and its Maladies: Field Notes with Farmers in the Global South

The Genomic Open: Then and Now

The story of the Bermuda Principles and their codification of genome scientists’ commitment to save the human genome from private enclosure is the dominant story of the Human Genome Project. Twenty years after the first historic Bermuda meeting, this seminar will gather together at UC Santa Cruz key players in the creation of an ‘open’ approach… Continue Reading The Genomic Open: Then and Now

It’s About Time: How Perceptions of Time Influence Environmental Action

How do conceptions of time inform our perceptions of anthropogenic climate change and influence the political and societal will to respond? A round-table discussion with Adina Paytan (UCSC Research Professor of Marine Sciences), Zoey Kroll, (Internet Communications Coordinator, SF Dep’t of the Environment) and Elida Erickson (UCSC Sustainability Programs Manager). Continue Reading It’s About Time: How Perceptions of Time Influence Environmental Action

Fixing the Pathological Body

April 22, 2015
The medical industry leans heavily upon a distinction between the “normal” and the “pathological.” How and why do we continue to define this distinction, and for whom are these categories useful? Featuring Janette Dinishak (Asst Prof of Philosophy, UCSC), Kelly Ormond (Prof of Genetics, Stanford U.), and Matthew Wolf-Meyer (Assoc. Prof. of Anthropology, UCSC). Continue Reading Fixing the Pathological Body