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March 8th: The Rich History of Shared Struggles of African Americans & Latinx Communities

March 1st: A Tribute to Berta Cáceres
This show is a tribute to the life and legacy of Honduran indigenous activist Berta Cáceres, on the two year anniversary of her assassination in her home on 2 March 2016.  She received the prestigious The Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015.
Thank you to Skylight and The Goldman Environmental Prize for granting permission to use their clips for this broadcast and to UCSC undergrad Karen Calles for her production assistance.


February 22nd: The Meaning of Food Justice
A conversation with two key organizers of the UC Santa Cruz conference “Dig In: Cultivating Inclusive Approaches to Food Justice,” (held on March 2, 2018). Dr. Linnea Beckett (Food Justice Coordinator, Colleges Nine and Ten, UCSC) and Chris Lang (Environmental Studies Graduate Student, UCSC) addressed the meaning of food justice, discussed racism and racial dynamics in the vegan movement, and what the process and practice of decolonizing food means to them.

February 15th: Against the Anthropocene
T.J. Demos is a Professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz, and he is the Founder and Director of its Center for Creative Ecologies. He writes widely on the intersection of contemporary art, global politics, and ecology and discussed his latest book called Against the Anthropocene: Visual Culture and Environment Today (Sternberg Press, 2017). He addressed the meaning of Anthropocene and neoliberal sustainability, and spoke about his views about the future of the environmental justice movement today.

February 8th: A coup in Brazil?

Dr. Patricia de Santana Pinho is an Associate Professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of several publications on blackness, whiteness, racism, and forms of resistance to racism in Brazil, including Mama Africa: Reinventing Blackness in Bahia (Duke University Press, 2010). Her latest book, Mapping Diaspora: African American Roots Tourism in Brazil (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming 2018), examines the construction of black transnational solidarity within the geopolitical context of the black diaspora. Pinho is a native of Salvador, Bahia and has a PhD in Social Sciences from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas – UNICAMP, Brazil. She spoke about the dire political situation in Brazil following the coup of former president Dilma Rouseff and now the targeting of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva seeking re-election.

To read more about the crisis in Brasil, Dr. Pinho recommends the following online stories:
The Lula Question by Sabrina Fernandes
Lula’s Speech Following Verdict by Brasil Wire
UN Lawyer to Monitor Lula’s Appeal Hearing by Brasil Wire
MTST and MST Unite Behind Lula by Brasil Wire
Brazil’s Democracy Pushed Into the Abyss by Mark Weisbrot, The New York Times (1/23/18)
A Trial for Lula and Brazilian Democracy: What’s Next for Brazil by Aline Piva (1/27/18)
Brazil braces for corruption appeal that could make or break ex-president Lula in The Guardian (1/24/18)


February 1st: Cancer Care & Prevention for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Dr. Emily Haozous earned her MSN and PhD from Yale University School of Nursing and is currently an Associate Professor and Regent’s Professor at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing. Dr. Haozous discussed her cancer research focused on improving symptom management and cancer outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. Haozous works from a social justice lens to address issues of health inequities in indigenous communities. She is a member of the Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache Tribe and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She will be the keynote speaker for the American Indian Health Symposium, called “Hearts, Minds, and Futures” at UC Santa Cruz on Feb. 10, 2018.

January 18th: One Year Anniversary of the Women’s Marches

Dr. Felicity Amaya Schaeffer is Chair and Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a return guest, discussing the 1-year anniversary of the Women’s Marches, the emergence of the #metoo movement, and her assessment of the challenges from 2017 under the Trump Administration.

January 4th & 11th: The #Metoo Movement and What’s Next
Dr. Ashwini Tambe is an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at University of Maryland-College Park. She has recently been writing about the #metoo movement. We discussed the precursors to this public outcry about sexual harassment, abuse, and violence; what it means to survivors/victims to be living through this moment; and how we should understand the circle of complicity that has emboldened this behavior. We also reflected on what it means to have a US president in office with accusations of sexual harassment and assault and about the crowdsourced survey created by Dr. Karen Kelsky regarding sexual harassment in academia.

Articles written by Dr. Ashwini Tambe:
Speculation about the “why?” question
Analytical piece answering the “what” question
Blog by Dr. Karen Kelsky, posted on Jan. 1, 2018 on the Chronicle of Higher Education: When Will We Stop Elevating Predators?