From LA to the Arctic — a night of stories, science, and protest songs: an interdisciplinary response to climate change
Why should people in LA care about the Arctic (when we have issues in our own backyard)? Join us as we bring together writers, performers, and environmentalists to illustrate the links between global climate patterns and local life.
Congress passed a bill that opens up drilling in the Arctic Refuge. An art auction and suggested donation of $20 will raise funds for the Wilderness Society. Your donations will go toward saving our nation’s largest, wildest space.
Ursula K. Heise is a Professor of English at UCLA and a faculty member of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES). She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and was President of the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE) in 2011. Her research and teaching focus on contemporary environmental culture, literature and art in the Americas, Western Europe and Japan; theories of globalization; literature and science; and the digital humanities. Her books include Chronoschisms: Time, Narrative, and Postmodernism (Cambridge University Press, 1997), Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global (Oxford University Press, 2008), and Nach der Natur: Das Artensterben und die moderne Kultur [After Nature: Species Extinction and Modern Culture] (Suhrkamp, 2010). She is currently working on a book entitled Where the Wild Things Used To Be: Narrative, Database, and Endangered Species.
Jack Eidt is a novelist, urban planner, and environmental advocate. He is a Co-Founder of SoCal 350 Climate Action, working to build a mass movement across Southern California for a healthy climate and a 100% clean energy future with full employment. He has been employed by land developers, municipal governments, and planning consultants, including three years with The Walt Disney Company designing a theme park and resort expansion in Southern California. He has consulted for the Nicaraguan Ministry of Tourism and the Municipality of Senahú in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, and studied subsistence ecology and ethnobotany while living among the Miskito of Honduras, in villages along the Grande Anse Peninsula in Haiti, and on an island off Sumatra. In 2010, Jack founded WilderUtopia.com to showcase the dialectic between the earthen splendor of wilderness and visionary forms of utopia.
Carmiel Banasky is the author of the novel The Suicide of Claire Bishop (Dzanc, 2015), which Publishers Weekly calls «an intellectual tour de force.» Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, The Guardian, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, and on NPR, among other places. She earned her BA from the University of Arizona and her MFA from Hunter College, where she taught Creative Writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, Arctic Circle, Santa Fe Art Institute, the Institute for Jewish Creativity, and other foundations. She's tried her hand at grassroots organizing while living in Mississippi, and spent four years on the road at writing residencies. She now teaches, edits, and writes in Los Angeles. She is from Portland, Oregon. carmielbanasky.com
Ellie Robins is a writer and translator whose work has appeared in the Guardian, the LA Times, The Times Literary Supplement, the LA Review of Books, LitHub, Pacific Standard, and elsewhere. Her translation of the Argentine novelist Alan Pauls's novel A History of Money was published by Melville House in 2015, and described by Publishers Weekly as a «stylistic tour de force.» She's worked as an editor in London, Buenos Aires, and New York, and traveled the US in a trailer for a year, seeking its wild and secret parts. Her writing and thoughts circle climate change, addiction, and story. A Londoner by birth, she now lives in Los Angeles. ellierobins.com
Samuel Curtis is a musician and graduate of the prestigious Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. His film, “the Piano. The Ballerina. The Rain." was selected and honored at the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival. His 2013 music video, “Just a Girl” premiered nationally on the television network CMT. In the summer of 2014 he was chosen as the Filmmaker-in-Residence for the Sarasota Film Festival directing a feature documentary film celebrating the Centennial Anniversary of a predominantly African-American neighborhood in South Florida called “Newtown.” As a result he has been offered the position Director of Education for the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival.
This event was made possible through the aid of the Word Grant from the Institute for Jewish Creativity.