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50 Years of Wonder: Celebrating the first half century of Natural History at UC Santa Cruz with author and wildlife biologist Dr. Drew Lanham
Envisioning the convergence of the environmental and social justice movements; a dialogue with writer and wildlife biologist Dr. J. Drew Lanham.

This coming year will mark the 50th spring since Ken Norris started the first natural history field course at UC Santa Cruz. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, the Norris Center is planning a series of events this year: 50 Years of Wonder, Celebrating the First Half Century of Natural History at UC Santa Cruz. At this first of four events, we will make a brief announcement/invitation to all our students/alumni to join us at our series of events over the next 6 months. These events will culminate in a large in-person gathering on June 3-5, 2022.

At this first virtual event, we have invited author and wildlife biologist Dr. J. Drew Lanham to speak to the UC Santa Cruz natural history community about the convergence of the environmental and social justice movements. In many ways, we at UC Santa Cruz are a developing example of the convergence of what these two movements look like at the university level. For example, we have two of our themed residential colleges named after luminaries in both movements: Rachel Carson College and our recently named John Lewis College. With this background in mind, we have asked Dr. Lanham to speak to us about this and other related ideas in his recent essay “A Convergent Imagining”.

We encourage everyone attending this talk to first read Dr. Lanham’s essay. Dr. Lanham will first talk more about how these two movements can positively influence the other, how we might better teach natural history to include and inspire future naturalists from all backgrounds, and what he thinks the next fifty years of natural history/environmentalism will look like. After his talk, there will be a short question and answer session.

Jan 31, 2022 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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