[pccgrads] “Climate Change and Nuclear Risk: Oceania”-fall speaker series and seminar course

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Tue Sep 23 08:16:28 PDT 2014

Fall Speaker and Film Series at the Burke Museum.

The public is invited to join the public speaker series connected to an anthropology course entitled “Climate Change and Nuclear Risk: Oceania” (Anth 479). The Wednesday lecture series is open and free to the public, and takes place in the Burke Room at 12:30 p.m. Course syllabus is attached for those interested in registering for credit.

Contact: Holly M. Barker: hmbarker at uw.edu


Oct. 1 – Dr. Robert Jacobs, Hiroshima Peace Museum

Robert Jacobs is a historian studying the social and cultural aspects of nuclear technologies at the Hiroshima Peace Institute of Hiroshima City University in Japan. He is the author of The Dragon’s Tail: Americans Face the Atomic Age (2010), the editor of Filling the Hole in the Nuclear Future: Art and Popular Culture Respond to the Bomb (2010), and co-editor of Images of Rupture in Civilization Between East and West: The Iconography of Auschwitz and Hiroshima in Eastern European Arts and Media (2014). He has written extensively about nuclear issues, including the Fukushima nuclear disaster. He is the principal investigator of the Global Hibakusha Project that explores and social and cultural aspects of radiation exposures around the globe, primarily in nuclear test site communities, nuclear production communities, and nuclear accident sites. The project has recently focused on networking 3rd generation hibakusha and training them to collect oral histories in their communities. www.bojacobs.net <http://www.bojacobs.net/>

Oct. 8 – Representative Gerry Pollet, Washington State House of Representatives

Representative Pollet is a graduate of the University of Washington Law School, and has spent his career as a public interest attorney. He serves as Executive Director of Heart of America Northwest. Heart of America Northwest is a region-wide citizens’ group dedicated to the clean-up of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which is the most contaminated area in the western hemisphere. For more than 10 years, Gerry chaired the committee of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hanford Advisory Board, which oversees Hanford’s $2 billion per year budgets, management, and contracts. Representative Pollet teaches at the University of Washington’s School of Public Health.

Oct. 15 – Christine Germano, photographer

Christine is a photographer, bookmaker and educator that has been cooperatively working with First Nations and indigenous communities since 2000. For the past four years, Christine has had the opportunity to take the Through Our Eyes project and adapt it to the topic of climate change and its communities. The Portraits of Resilience photography and writing project is part of the Many Strong Voices Programme illustrating the direct and personal way the ethical dimensions of climate change. Its goal is to bring human faces and images of the Arctic and other vulnerable regions onto the floor of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. It is important that the world be able to see not only the effects of climate change but also the efforts people are making to both combat and adapt to it. The Arctic communities involved were Shishmaref, Alaska; Uummannaq, Greenland; Unjárga, Norway and Pangnirtung, Nunavut. The exhibit opened on December 10th 2009 at the National Museum of Denmark at the UNFCCC in Copenhagen. The exhibit and project has continued to the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Fiji, Tuvalu, Samoa, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands with the opening at the Fiji Museum August 2011. The Portraits of Resilience continues in the Caribbean in Barbuda, Belize, Saint Kitts and Nevis and to have international exhibits with some of the most notable being at the Field Museum in Chicago and at the Smithsonians S. Dillon Ripley Center in Washington.

Oct. 22 - “Nuclear Savage: Islands of Secret Project 4.1,” a film by Adam Horowitz

Adam Jonas Horowitz shot his first film in the Marshall Islands in 1986, and was shocked by what he found there, in this former American military colony in middle of the Pacific Ocean. Radioactive coconuts, leaking nuclear waste repositories, and densely populated slums were all the direct result of 67 Cold War U.S. nuclear bomb tests that vaporized islands and devastated entire populations.

Twenty years later, Adam returned to these islands to make this award winning shocking political and cultural documentary exposé titled 'Nuclear Savage;' a heartbreaking and intimate ethnographic portrait of Pacific Islanders struggling for dignity and survival after decades of intentional radiation poisoning at the hands of the American government. Relying on recently declassified U.S. government documents, devastating survivor testimony, and incredible unseen archival footage, this untold and true detective story reveals how U.S. scientists turned a Pacific paradise into a radioactive hell. Marshall Islanders were used as human guinea pigs for three decades to study the effects of nuclear fallout on human beings with devastating results. Nuclear Savage is a shocking tale that pierces the heart of our democratic principles.

Oct. 29 – Mark Stege, private contractor

Mark Stege operates a Marshallese owned consulting firm called MarTina Corporation focusing on education, environment, and heritage. He is also an elected council member of the Maloelap Atoll Council in the Marshall Islands. Mark recently completed a 12-month fellowship at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society and the Sabin Climate Change Center for Law, as part of an M.A. in Climate and Society at Columbia University. Mark also earned an MBA from Gonzaga University where he studied the intersections between economics and climate change in Oceania. Mark has more than 12 years of research and professional experience in a broad range of Pacific Island affairs with emphasis on the Micronesian region.

Nov. 5 - Dr. Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu, University of French Polynesia

Keitapu Maamaatuaiahutapu obtained a Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Toulouse, France. He worked as a researcher and lecturer at Flinders University (Australia), University of the South Pacific (Fiji) and now at Université de la Polynésie Française (French Polynesia). His research interest is focused on ocean currents in the South Pacific with application to pollutant drifting. Between 2004 and 2008, he was Minister of the Sea and Research in French Polynesia and special adviser to the President of French Polynesia in 2011-2012. He has represented French Polynesia at numerous technical and political meetings concerning the interests of Pacific Islands, including marine resource management, climate change and the creation of the Polynesian Leaders Group. He is also President of a Polynesian canoe voyaging society.

Nov. 12 - Tamara and John Alefaio (graduate student and tattoo artist)

John Alefaio: Having begun drawing as a small child in his native Tuvalu, John is a professional tattoo artist who also carves whalebone and trucus shell jewelry, paints on canvas and any other surface he sees fit. His art comes from the cultures in which he has lived and traveled including the Marshall Islands, Hawaii and Canada. He spends a lot of time in the ocean spearfishing and finds great inspiration from life on a Pacific island: the sea, the land and the sky. Placing tattoos on people that reinforce or even elevate their cultural pride is extremely satisfying to John. Having been a tattoo artist for over 15 years, his artistic range brings him from Polynesian and Micronesian styles to contemporary American and more ‘western’ style tattooing.

Tamara Greenstone Alefaio: Tamara grew up in the Pacific North West, Vancouver Canada. She moved to the Marshall Islands in 2004 and held a number of positions in the educational sphere including elementary school teacher, director of a volunteer teaching program and most recently as manager for continuing and community education at the University of the South Pacific, Marshall Islands Campus. Having been inspired by her work which involved developing and facilitating local and regional projects and workshops on topics as diverse as climate change, renewable energy and weaving/cultural initiatives, she has now returned to Canada to complete a Masters in Education with a focus on Culture, Policy and Society at the University of British Columbia. Of particular interest is how we can use education as a tool for building resilience to climate change through dialogue and leadership building as well as maintaining culture in the context of migration.

Tamara and John met in the Marshall Islands and were married in 2012.

Nov. 19 - “Moana, the Rising of the Sea,” by Rotuman filmmaker, Vili Hereniko. Juxtaposing moving images of sea levels rising in Oceania with poetry, music, dance, and drama, this extraordinary film, which is based on the stage production of the same name, is a meditation on cultural loss, displacement, and our collective responsibility to each other. This elaborate and ambitious Oceanian music-dance-drama is born out of a desire to use the performing arts of the Pacific to bring attention to many island nations’ most pressing issue—climate change. In an interview with The Fiji Times, Herniko said: "The film focuses on the human dimension of climate change, how it feels to be forced to abandon your homeland and everything you hold dear. There is an urgency, particularly for low-lying islands such as Kiribati and Tuvalu that the film captures. It makes us realize that the threat of being inundated with water is here…For anyone who has lived or lives on an island surrounded by the deep, beautiful, but dangerous sea, the thought that one day your island will be submerged under water is a possibility too cruel to contemplate. And yet, this is happening in several islands in Oceania already, with more islanders contemplating their imminent demise and what that would mean to them as a people, a culture, even a nation."

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