I'm excited to visit UC Riverside on November 19th, as part of their Sustainability Studies speaker series. At Riverside, students can earn a B.S. in Sustainability Studies. What is totally cool is that this major is housed in the Department of Gender and Sexuality studies! As the department puts it,
"Substantively speaking, sustainability is inherently a gendered issue in many parts of the world because of how environmental changes affect men and women differently, based on their division of labor and social statuses. Gender also is a critical element in devision and implementing sustainable practices around the world Gender & Sexuality studies as a discipline have a long tradition of development research methods aligned with social justice that can be applied to studies of sustainability issues."
I couldn't agree more, and I am looking forward to learning about this awesome program.
Yesterday I took pictures at Lennar's San Francisco Shipyard development project. The shipyard looks much different from when I last viewed it in February 2015, on a "toxic tour" lead by the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association. As I explore in my own work, the Lennar's "ecotopia" is complicated by the ongoing presence of toxic waste at the military base (even after it is fully redeveloped), and the ways toxic waste is displaced elsewhere, through the development project.
That evening I attended a performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, at a Shaping SF event on Valencia Street. That morning, we had all learned of San Francisco's election returns - Airbnb, after spending $10 million dollars on the campaign, defeated the Prop F measure. You can read a good piece on Prop F on KQED, here. It was a different performance that one I'd seen at UC Berkeley earlier that year - for good reason - he was more angry and sad, and it lacked the playfulness of his other performance. Rent in San Francisco for a single bedroom apartment averages somewhere between $3,500 and $3,800 - the highest in the country. For many people in San Francisco, ecotopia and technotopia are more of a dystopia.
"Notes from Technotopia: On the Cruelty of Indifference" is incredible to experience as a performance, but you can read a version of it here.