CONFERENCE: Oil + Water: The Case of Santa Barbara and Southern California
April 8 – 10, 2010
McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
This event is FREE and open to the public. No reservations are necessary.
For information about each presenter, please click here
This conference will explore the ways in which oil and water have created and transformed the history and culture of Santa Barbara and Southern California. Topics will include the Santa Barbara oil spill; the impact of oil on Hollywood; agriculture and marine life; the Owens River Valley; the Salton Sea; cars and car culture; and environmental histories and their lessons.
Sponsored by the IHC’s Oil + Water series, the UC California Studies Consortium, and the Community Environmental Council.
Thursday, April 8
|5:00 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Oil Runs Through It: Power, Publics, and the Role of Place
Harvey Molotch (Social & Cultural Analysis, NYU)
Friday, April 9
Ann Bermingham (Acting Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UCSB)
|9:15 AM||PANEL: Oil, Water, and Activism: The Case of Santa Barbara Linda Krop (Chief Council, Environmental Defense Center and Environmental Studies, UCSB)
The Environmental Politics of Off Shore Drilling
Teresa Sabol Spezio (History, UC Davis)
|11:00 AM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Whales, Noisemakers, and Noise
Jim Nollman (Artist & Founder of Interspecies.com)
|1:30 PM||PANEL: Oil+Water: The Case of Southern California
David Maisel (Photographer & Multimedia Artist)
The Lake ProjectLola Sheppard (InfraNet Lab, Toronto, Ontario)
Farming the Salton Sea
Andrew Fitzpatrick (Interpretive Specialist, Ocotillo Wells)
Kenneth Rogers, Caleb Waldorf and Bill Kelley, Jr. (Third Rail Group)
|3:00 PM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS: After Oil!: Petroleum, Media, and the California Experiment
Stephanie LeMenager (English, UCSB)
|4:00 PM||PANEL: The Culture of Oil Vanessa Osborne (English, USC)
Celluloid and Oil: Early Hollywood and the Oil Industry in Upton Sinclair’s Oil!
Click here to listen to a recording of Osborne’s conference segment from the IHC’s series Oil and Water.
Saturday, April 10
|9:15 AM||ROUNDTABLE: Oil and Water in the Santa Barbara County Agrifood System
David A. Cleveland (Environmental Studies, UCSB) and UCSB undergraduate students Ingrid R. Avison, Caitlin Brimm, Heidi Diaz, Sydney E. Hollingshead, Dominique C. Liuzzi, Nora M. Muller, Corie N. Radka, Tyler D. Watson, and Hannah Wright.
|10:45 AM||KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Near Goleta But Closer: An Unnatural History
Harry Reese (Art, UCSB)
|1:30 PM||PANEL: Histories of an Unnatural History Karen Piper (Comparative Literature, Carnegie Mellon University)
Owens Lake: California’s Albatross
Eliza Martin (History, UC Santa Cruz)
David Zetland, (Agriculture and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley)
Michael R. Adamson (History, CSU Sacramento)
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