In August, we spent a Saturday evening with the Salinas community including many students from CSUMB for a conversation on California’s Water: Rivers, Oceans, and Our Future at the CSUMB @Salinas City Center/ National Steinbeck Center. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bettina Boxall joined Felicia Marcus, Chair of California’s State Water Resources Control Board, Abby Taylor-Silva, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California, and Bruny Mora, alumni of University of California – Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Aquarium Teen Programs to discuss what we know and what we don’t know, and what we must learn to manage a future in which water is all the more precious. They shared the complexity of California’s water rights, the need for more data, successes in reducing water use particularly among agriculture and the need for invested parties to come together to make a sustainable future.
We were particularly pleased that students from the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Teen Programs displayed their research on their summer watershed project, and answered questions from the attendees. Watsonville Area Teens Conserving Habitats (WATCH) is a year-round field and classroom based environmental education program for high school students in Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
For your viewing pleasure, please watch the recording from this panel discussion HERE.
Next week, we will be in Fresno for a conversation on:
The Farmworker Movement in California: From Chavez Onwards
September 28, 2016 – 7:00pm – Fresno Art Museum
Noted director and playwright Luis Valdez, founder of El Teatro Campesino will led a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winner Miriam Pawel on how the farmworker movement of the past can help inform the future of agriculture, along with Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of History at San Francisco State University and Samuel Orozco, author and National News and Information Director of Radio Bilingüe.
To register, please click HERE.
If you are in the area, please join us for a reception at 6:00pm where we will feature student art from across Fresno County reflecting the conversation theme of The Farmworker Movement in California as well as some of the images from the California Humanities’ funded Democracy in the Fields project that illustrates the farmworker movement in Salinas during the summer of 1975 by photographer Mimi Plumb.
And for the series finale next month, we are bringing it to Oakland!
In Tune: The Arts and Humanities in the Golden State
October 26, 2016 – 6:30pm – Oakland Museum of California
California is a hotbed of big, new ideas brought to life, from Hollywood to Silicon Valley and beyond. During National Arts and Humanities Month, in partnership with California Arts Council, we offer a celebration of the arts and humanities at the center of California life, and a conversation about the importance of providing access to educational opportunities that include them both. Artist and educator Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, will lead a conversation with electronic music pioneer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Morton Subotnick, together with Sarah Crowell, Artistic Director at Destiny Arts Center. The discussion will be bookended by youth performances of electronic music, dance, and spoken word.
To register, please click HERE
More information about the series can be found HERE.
Hope to see you on the road!