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Upcoming Events

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported the 5th Annual PPI Spring Symposium - May 9 - 14
Links to pictures on SMC Facebook are here.

Monday, May 9 | Guest Speaker, Dr. Adam Briggle | “Saving The Planet One Town At A Time”

Adam Briggle, who teaches philosophy at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he also serves on a citizens’ advisory group, helped lead an initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton. Briggle’s story is of an intellectual who became an activist and helped a Texas town successfully take on the oil and gas industry. Denton is now recognized as a beacon for grassroots democracy and a model for using regulatory processes to halt the spread of fracking.


Tuesday, May 10 | Student Debate | Should we re-imagine environmental justice as “global citizenship”?

SMC students will debate the question of whether “global citizenship” is the best way forward in the 21st century if we hope to achieve environmental justice. Some say “global citizenship” is merely ideology for global capitalism, while others claim it offers the best platform for environmental justice.  Philosophy Professor Amber Katherine will facilitate this lively debate.


Wednesday, May 11 | Film and Roundtable Discussion | Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everythingwith Dean Kubani and    Christopher Toussaint

Filmed in nine countries and give continents over four years, Naomi Klein’s film, This Changes Everything,  is an epic attempt to re-imagine the challenge of climate change. A post-screening discussion will follow. Dean Koubani oversees Santa Monica’s citywide efforts related to water and energy efficiency, urban runoff, green buildings, hazardous materials and sustainability. Christopher Toussaint is an award-winning producer, director, editor, and cameraman.


Thursday, May 12 | Guest Speaker: Dr. Chris J. Cuomo | Climate Justice and Loving Other Species: Why Race, Class and               Gender Matter

The politics of race, class and gender are fundamental to understanding the causes of global environmental harms. Luckily, they also help create alternatives. How can we blend social and ecological justice into multi-cultures of mutual respect, health and flourishing? What does it mean to really love other species? Come hear strategies, real life examples, and philosophy. Chris Cuomo is a Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at the University of Georgia. She serves on the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.


Thursday, May 12 | Panel: How Should We Re-Imagine Environmental Justice?

Introduction by: Dr. Kathryn E. Jeffery, Superintendent and President, Santa Monica College

Santa Monica was represented at the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris, France, by an extraordinary number of local elected leaders. State Assemblymember Richard Bloom, District 50, and Santa Monica Councilmembers Pam O’Connor and Terry O’Day will share their impressions and address key questions. PPI Co-Director, Professor Tahvildaran-Jesswein, will moderate.​



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Santa Monica 90405​