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May 15-27, 2017 - UCI undergraduate photography exhibit: The built environment of Orange County

Opening May 17, 11:20-11:50 a.m.; Exhibit Runs May 15 - May 27, daily | Viewpoint Gallery at the UCI Student Center

The 2nd-annual UCI Undergraduate Photography Exhibit: The Built Environment of Orange County will exhibit award-winning undergraduate photograph submissions related to the built environment of Orange County. Students were asked to submit an image that invites viewers to reflect on the Orange County built environment from an aesthetic, practical, historical, ecological, sociological, and/or economic viewpoint. The goal was to encourage students to look with greater alertness at the design of the built environment around us and to reflect on how it shapes—and is shaped by—human decisions and experience. Photos included in the exhibit were chosen by a faculty jury. Chrisline Raymundo, a graduating senior from the Department of Film and Media Studies, placed third, and will have her work on display. 

May 17, 2017 - Screening of “Prison in Twelve Landscapes” and discussion with Director Brett Story

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | McCormick Screening Room, Humanities Gateway 1070

A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, "The Prison in Twelve Landscapes" unfolds as a journey through a series of ordinary places across the USA where prisons do work and affect lives: from a California mountainside where female prisoners fight the region's raging wildfires, to a congregation of chess players in Manhattan who did their time becoming masters of the game, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs.

May 19, 2017 - Militarized Ecologies workshop

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Humanities Gateway 1010

This one-day workshop will bring together social scientists and humanities scholars to present works-in-progress on the topic “militarized ecologies.”

Much of the theorizing and writing about global climate change highlights the centrality of capitalism and its so-called externalities, yet fewer thinkers have addressed how military capital, or militarization and its excesses, has also been integral to the processes associated with the “Anthropocene." Christophe Bonneuil and Jean-Baptiste Fressoz, in The Shock of the Anthropocene, offer the neologism “Thanatocene” to extend the framing of the Anthropocene beyond industrialization and capitalism, to include militarism, war economies, and technologies of death. Taking this as a starting point, but eschewing the epochal and anthropocentric tendencies of much Anthropocene scholarship, this workshop will raise questions about how militarization and ecologies, in material and immaterial ways, are indispensable to how we understand human impact on the planet’s biogeophysical processes. Please request papers in advance; see link for more details.

May 31 - Writing the Future

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | UCI Student Center, Pacific Ballroom C

This one-day symposium brings together authors, scholars, humanists, scientists, and industry leaders to discuss what it means to imagine the future. What are the ethical obligations of writing about the future, either creatively or scientifically? How might we, given the current socio-political context globally, imagine together futures that are socially equitable and environmentally sustainable?
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