Environmental Literature & Film Series
Working in collaboration with the UCI Law Environmental Law Society, CLEANR convenes an annual series throughout the academic year on foundational works on a range of environmental, land use and natural resources topics. UCI faculty members, or the work's author when possible, will frame and lead the discussion about the work.
The series periodically will include public lectures or moderated conversations with authors. The forum will meet twice a semester at the Law School and is open to anyone in the UCI community. The series will also include periodic screenings of environmental-themed films.
CLEANR’s Advisory Committee, in consultation with the student-run Environmental Law Society, unanimously decided to feature the following works in our inaugural series during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Featured Works - 2013-2014 Academic Year
Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs by Wallace Stegner
Sept. 25, 2013
Nominated for a National Book Critics Circle award, this book covers subjects ranging from the writer's own “migrant childhood” to the need to protect what remains of the great western wilderness, and includes poignant profiles of western writers such as John Steinbeck and Norman Maclean.
Last Call at the Oasis
Nov. 7, 2013
Illuminating the vital role water plays in our lives, exposing the defects in the current system and depicting communities already struggling with its ill-effects, the film features activist Erin Brockovich and such distinguished experts as Peter Gleick, Alex Prud’homme, Robert Glennon and Jay Famiglietti, UC Irvine Professor of Earth System Science and Founding Director of the UC Center for Hydrologic Modeling. Prof. Famiglietti will answer questions following the screening. Event flier (PDF)
The Deliberative Practitioner by John Forester
Feb. 27, 2014
John Forester, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Cornell University's City & Regional Planning Department, comes to UCI Law to lead a public discussion of his book, which takes accounts of practitioners in urban and rural settings, North and South, to show how skillful deliberative practices can facilitate practical and timely participatory planning processes.
Gasland Part II
March 20, 2014
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry’s portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth.
Featured Works - Inaugural Year
Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality by Robert Bullard
Feb. 19, 2013
Dr. Bullard, Dean of the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University in Houston, is often described as the father of environmental justice, and Dumping in Dixie is a standard text in the environmental justice field.
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
Nov. 1, 2012
Described by The New York Times as “perhaps the most influential single work in the history of town planning” and “a work of literature.” Jacobs, an editor and writer on architecture in New York City in the early '60ss, argued that urban diversity and vitality were being destroyed by powerful architects and city planners.
Mountains Without Handrails: Reflections On The National Parks by Joseph Sax
Oct. 2, 2012
Joseph Sax, Emeritus James H. House and Hiram H. Hurd Professor of Environmental Regulation at UC Berkeley School of Law, participated in an open public discussion of his iconic book. Professor Sax is currently a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his awards and citations include the Blue Planet Prize, the Elizabeth Haub Environmental Prize of the Free University of Brussels, the Audubon Society's Conservationist of the Year Award, the William O. Douglas Legal Achievement Award from the Sierra Club, and the Environmental Quality Award of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and the Universities of Utah and Paris, and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.