The Plenary is a weekly meeting (Wednesday evening) in which all the sections of the Core course come together to hear presentations and discuss issues. The class meets in Classroom Unit II map. Note that each week's talk has a reading and homework that must be completed before the session so that you can get maximum usefulness. If you have trouble accessing an online reading, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week 0 (Monday 9/24 2-4 pm): Introduction to the Core Course. Reading: Carson, Silent Spring, in the course reader. (Please do not use for first homework due 10/3).
Week 1 (10/3): Environmental Crisis: Planet, People, Provision. (Slides). Reading: Callenbach, Ecotopia (Banyan Tree/Heyday Books edition), especially pp. 1-23; 38-47; 89-94; 102-06; 109-12; 122-32; 169-72.
Week 3 (10/17): Why Grapes of Wrath Matters Today. slides and audio) Susan Shillinglaw, English, San Jose State and Center for Steinbeck Studies, author of Journey into Steinbeck's California. Reading: Worster, Dust Bowl.
Week 5 (10/31): Food Systems & Food Justice. David Bacon, California writer & photographer (slideshow). Reading: Lopez, “Farmworkers in Central California’s Corporate Agribusiness.” (Slides and audio)
Week 6: (11/7): Food and Population Dr.Jade Sasser, Women’s Studies, Loyola Marymount University Reading: Petroni, "An Ethical Approach to Population and Climate Change " (also in eCommons). alt link. Slides and audio)
Week 7: (11/14): Sustainability & the Future (Ronnie; Winter & Spring Core Instructors) (slides and audio)PPT slides in eCommons. Reading: Lipschutz, “Sustainability as a Social Project” (on-line PDF)
Week 8: Thanksgiving, no plenary
Week 10 (12/5): Note change: Irene Reti, Regional archivist at McHenry, who will speak on "Cultivating a Movement: An Oral History Series on Sustainable Agriculture and Organic Farming on California's Central Coast" (see here) Kirstin Yogg from Freewheelin' Farms who will address what is involved in organic farming; and Fran Grayson, of Truckstop & Avanti, who will talk about procuring organic foods for said enterprises. Reading: Blatt, “Genetically Modified Food: Food Fights among Adults.”
- Lectures by Ronnie Lipschutz, unless otherwise noted.
Tues. 4 pm 9/27: Introduction Ravi Rajan, Provost, College Eight. Reading: Spinks, “Refusing to Bend” (reader). Optional reading (do not use for homework): Leo Babauta Focus: A Simplicity Manifesto in the Age of Distraction Download.
10/4: Why Grapes of Wrath Matters Today
Susan Shillinglaw, English, San Jose State and National Steinbeck Center, author of Journey into Steinbeck's California. Reading: Worster, “Hydraulic Society” (reader)
10/11: Avoiding the Humiliation of Silence in the Face of Cruelty and Injustice. VIDEO. Many students said this was a highlight of the course. Image 1 not a pipe Image 2 Don Rothman, UC Santa Cruz. Reading: Griffin, “Convergence” (reader)
10/18: Global Warming: Up Close and Personal
Susanne Moser, UC Santa Cruz. Reading: Moser, et al, “The Future Is Now” (reader). Books she recommended: Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, Blessed Unrest and Requiem for a Species.
10/19: Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between the Rich and the Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline Novogratz. Students are strongly encouraged to attend this What’s Next Lecture, co-sponsored by College Eight, 7:30 pm at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall (between College 8 and McHenry Library). Reading: Blue Sweater Prologue and (optional) Chapter 13
10/25: No Plenary
11/1: Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time Film Screening, followed by Q&A with its producers. Reading: (Choose one) Leopold, "A Biotic View of the Land" (on wiki, password required) Or Sanders, “Learning From the Prairie” (reader). Not required, but speaker will refer to "The Conservation Ethic" and Heilbronner "Growth and Survival". (wiki)
11/15: Rajan on Human Rights. Postponed: The Politics of Population Jade Sasser, UC Berkeley. Reading: Petroni, Suzanne "An Ethical Approach to Population and Climate Change " (on wiki, password required)
11/22: New Frontiers
Faculty from the Departments of Electrical Engineering, Earth and
Planetary Sciences, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Ken Pedrotti, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC John Vesecky, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC, Patrick Chuang, Earth and Planetary Sciences. Reading: (Choose one) Lents and Kelly, “Clearing the Air in Los Angeles” Or Amory Lovins, “More Profit With Less Carbon" (alt download)
11/29: Concluding Remarks Ravi Rajan.
Sept. 22 Weds 1-2:45 pm, CRU II map, Introduction to the class, Provost Rajan
Sept. 28 Tuesday, 4–5:45 pm, Classroom Unit II. "The Environment and Us: An Introduction", Provost Rajan
Oct. 5 "Why Grapes of Wrath Matters Today"
Susan Shillinglaw, English, San Jose State and National Steinbeck Center, author of Journey into Steinbeck's California.
Reading: Paul Wartzman Obscene in the Extreme: The Burning and Banning of The Grapes of Wrath Ch. 1. Optional: Ch. 3 on Steinbeck's reaction. (Excerpts from whole book).
Oct. 12 "Agriculture, the Environment, and Justice in the Central Coast: A case study of The Grapes of Wrath in contemporary times,"
Linda Ivey, Assistant Professor and Public History Coordinator at CSU East Bay.
Reading: Nash "The Fruits of Ill Health: Pesticides and Workers' Bodies in Post-World War II California" (alternate download site).
Nov. 2 "Climate Change in California: Up Close & Personal,"
Susanne Moser, Susanne Moser Research & Consulting and UCSC. Reading: "History of California's Climate Change Activities" (website)
Nov. 9 "On Population," Jade Sasser, UC Berkeley.
Reading: Hartmann "10 Reasons Why Population Control is not the Solution to Global Warming", Hart "Treading on Taboo," and Petroni "An Ethical Approach to Population and Climate Change "
Nov. 16 "Conservation" Ingrid Parker, Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCSC.
Patrick Chuang, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, UCSC.
Reading: "How Can LA Adapt to Climate Change?" and "Introduced Species Policy, Management, and Future Research Needs"
Nov. 23 "Clean Tech and an Intro to C8 81C".
Ken Pedrotti, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC John Vesecky, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC,
Ali Shakouri, Professor of Electrical Engineering, UCSC. Reading: Carbon Plan and Environmental Solutions
Nov. 30 Closing lecture, Provost Rajan
Ravi Rajan, Provost, College Eight
11/3: Global Warming: Up Close and Personal
Susanne Moser, Research Associate, UCSC
11/10: The Future of Water
Brent Haddad, Professor of Environmental Studies, UCSC
11/17: Risk and Disasters
12/1: Concluding Remarks
For reference, previous plenaries