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Playing with Fire: A Hot Symposium

October 7, 2022 - October 9, 2022  |  DARC 108


We will explore the pleasures, perils & politics of fire through art, theory, practice, and activism.  On the UCSC campus in the DARC building, room #108.

This event is organized by E.A.R.T.H Lab with support from The Humanities Institute.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The full schedule for the Symposium is available here


Confirmed speakers and participants include:

Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Welcome and Intro
Roxi Power, Zig Zag:Fire Poems
Becca Fenwick, Director, CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research: Presenting UCNRS Fire Data
Karin Bolender, Artist and Director of the Rural Alchemy Workshop (RAW)
Justin Hoover, Artist and Director of the Chinese Historical Society of America
Brandon Smith, Director of the Forestry and Fire Recruitment Program (FFRC)
Benny Fillmore, Washoe Elder and Former Hotshot Firefighter in conversation with Helen Fillmore, Environmental Scientist
Laura Smith-Fillmore, Artist and Translator
Julie Weitz, Artist, Golem: A Call to Action + Prayer for Burnt Forests
Heather and Michael Llewellyn, Artists and Curators of FORESTFIREExhibition
Courtney Desiree Morris, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, UC Berkeley
Kim TallBear, Professor of Native Studies, University of Alberta
Kali Rubaii, Professor of Anthropology, Purdue University
Cláudio Bueno, Professor of Art, UC Santa Cruz
Nicole Rudolph Vallerga: Artist
Mister XX of Ceremonies: Vin Seaman as LOL McFiercen
Lauren Bon, Artist, Metabolic Studio.



October 7, 2022
October 9, 2022


DARC 108
Humanites 1 University of California, Santa Cruz Cowell College
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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