February 22, 2018: An interview with Dr. Linnea Beckett (Food Justice Coordinator, Colleges Nine and Ten, UCSC) and Chris Lang (graduate student in Environmental Studies) about the upcoming Dig In Conference (March 2, 2018) about food justice.
Dec. 7th: A Look Back on the 25-year history of the UCSC’s Chicano Latino Research Center. Professor Emeritus Norma Klahn (Literature) and Professor Emeritus Pedro Castillo (History) are the co-founders of UC Santa Cruz’s Chicano Latino Research Center (CLRC). They also served as the Center’s first co-directors in the 1990s. The CLRC is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year (2017) and the opening of its own archives (Nuestras Historias) for research. We discussed how the CLRC started, its impact in the University of California system, its relevance for understanding a range of social issues today, and the importance of CLRC in mentoring graduate students and supporting faculty research.
Dec. 21st: The Life of an NPR Foreign Correspondent. Ms. Carrie Kahn is an award-winning NPR foreign correspondent. In this interview, she discussed the challenges of reporting about natural disasters and the bravery of local journalists in Latin America who risk their lives everyday. She provided an update on the rebuilding efforts in Mexico (from 2017 earthquakes) and Haiti (from 2010 earthquake). She also discussed the recent removal of Temporary Protective Status for Haitians living in the US and the kinds of devastating effects this may have for families in Haiti who rely on remittances.
Dec. 28th: A Celebration of Voces Críticas first year!
October 5, 2017: Coal Industry & Global Warming: Tracking Coal Projects Around the Globe An interview with Dr. Christine Shearer of Coalswarm about the coal industry and global warming. Coalswarm is a conglomerate which tracks coal projects around the world. Dr. Shearer discussed how these coal projects are affecting the climate, the myths purported by the current administration about “clean coal,” and her vision for the future of the environmental justice movement. Dr. Shearer discussed the most egregious coal projects happening in parts of Asia and about the urgent need to garner a renewed commitment to addressing global climate change.
October 12, 2017: “No Place Like Home:” The Santa Cruz Housing Crisis
Santa Cruz County is experiencing a major housing crisis. Steven McKay, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Santa Cruz, is the co-Principle investigator of a research project called “No Place Like Home” to better understand the housing crisis in the area. Hermes Padilla is an undergraduate student who was part of the research team for “No Place Like Home” after taking Professor McKay’s class. This study involved well over 1,400 surveys and interviews with local residents about how they are experiencing the local housing crisis. They, along with the other researchers, will be discussing the findings of their study at a community event scheduled for October 19, 2017 at 7PM in downtown Santa Cruz. The event is the kick-off event to Affordable Housing week with a wide-range of county organizations and community groups.