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May 2021

Keynote Address: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Justice in a Pandemic-Prone World
Dina Gilio-Whitaker

May 14, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

REGISTER NOW Five hundred years of the colonial remaking of landscapes of most of the world’s continents have ravaged the planet in monumental ways. Empire-building has clearly benefitted people of Europe’s imperial projects while bringing catastrophic change to indigenous populations. The fallout of imperialism and all its attendant technologies has brought humankind to an existential crisis, with climate change and now pandemics as interlinked threats. This talk will bring together these issues, highlighting the wisdom contained in Indigenous knowledge systems as a way to imagine a sustainable human future. Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues. At CSUSM she teaches courses on environmentalism and American Indians, traditional ecological knowledge, religion and philosophy, Native women’s activism, American Indians

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2021 Arthur N. Rupe Great Debate: Taming Titans: How Should We Regulate Big Tech?
Michael J. Burstein, Sonia Katyal, Kate Klonick, Randal C. Picker

May 18, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Participants: Sonia Katyal, The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Kate Klonick, St. John's University, School of Law Randal C. Picker, The University of Chicago, The Law School Moderator: Michael J. Burstein, Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Experts on law and technology will debate how Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft should be regulated. Are they 21st-century trusts? Guardians of free speech? Threats to our privacy? Do they impede or fuel innovation? Join us for a lively discussion of the role big tech companies play in our lives and the role they should play in the coming decade. Sonia Katyal, Distinguished Haas Chair at UC Berkeley School of Law and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, has published widely on the

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Humanities Decanted: Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought
Tae-Yeoun Keum

May 20, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link Join us online for a dialogue between Tae-Yeoun Keum (Political Science) and Andrew Norris (Political Science) about Keum’s new book, Plato and the Mythic Tradition in Political Thought. Audience Q&A will follow. Plato’s use of myths—the Myth of Metals, the Myth of Er—sits uneasily with his canonical reputation as the inventor of rational philosophy. Since the Enlightenment, interpreters like Hegel have sought to resolve this tension by treating Plato’s myths as mere regrettable embellishments, irrelevant to his main enterprise. Others, such as Karl Popper, have railed against the deceptive power of myth, concluding that a tradition built on Platonic foundations can be neither rational nor desirable. Tae-Yeoun Keum challenges the premise underlying both of these positions. She argues that myth is neither irrelevant nor inimical to the ideal

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Reading: UC Santa Barbara Student Veteran Writers

May 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

REGISTER NOW Free to attend; registration required to receive Zoom webinar attendance link UC Santa Barbara student veterans will read stories about their military experiences, followed by audience Q&A. Presenters: Alec Denney, David Guerrero, Robert Hickman, and Nick Tasch Alec Denney currently serves as a radio operator for 2nd Battalion/23rd Marines in the Reserves. He earned his AA from Santa Barbara City College and is graduating with a degree in Communication from UCSB in June 2021. He plans on taking a gap year then attending law school in 2023. David Guerrero served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry rifleman from 2003 to 2007. He earned his AS in Criminology and Liberal Arts from Santa Barbara City College. David transferred to UCSB in the Fall of 2020 and is currently studying sociology and minoring in applied psychology and

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Discussion: Indigenous Responses to Climate Injustice and Pandemics in India and Amazonia
Oswando Nenquimo, Marisol Rodríguez Pérez, Vanessa Teteye, Bah (Mr.) Donnie Kharumnuid, Bah Brodar Lyngdoh Marshillong, Bah Boss Marthong

May 28, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

REGISTER NOW This webinar will feature presentations about the connections between climate justice, oil & uranium extractivism and responses to COVID-19 based on Indigenous territorial knowledges. First, Oswando Nenquimo, a Waorani leader from the Ecuadorian Amazon, will tells us about the importance of the Amazon Rainforest and the role of Indigenous organizations that he is part of: Alianza Ceibo and CONCONAWEP. He will emphasize on the challenges that oil extraction has posed for Indigenous peoples in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon and their resistance towards it. Finally, he tells us about the impacts of COVID-19 and how the Waorani nation has coordinated actions and revived Indigenous knowledges to respond to the pandemic. The collective Sacha Samay, to which Marisol Rodriguez Perez belongs, will discuss how plants are beings of power, they provide strength and energy, and teach us that health is

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