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Dear Friends of the American Indian Studies Center,

Chokma! Don't miss these exciting upcoming events at UCLA! 

We look forward to seeing you there,


Biopolitics, Aging and the Struggle for Indigenous Elsewhere, Aging and the Struggle for Indigenous Elsewhere

Lecture by Professor Sandy Grande

Thursday, February 18, 2016
2-4 PM
Cypress Room, UCLA Faculty Center

Co-sponsors: REPAIR AND NetCE.


Cultural Politics of Nature Working Group Presents Film Screenings

The Cultural Politics of Climate Change: A Documentary Film Mini-series
February 17, 12 - 1.30 pm
Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change (60 min)
Haines 352
 About the film: Nunavut-based director Zacharias Kunuk and researcher and filmmaker Dr. Ian Mauro have teamed up with Inuit communities to document their knowledge and experience regarding climate change. This documentary, the world’s first Inuktitut language film on the topic, takes the viewer “on the land” with elders and hunters to explore the social and ecological impacts of a warming Arctic. This film helps us to appreciate Inuit culture and expertise regarding environmental change and indigenous ways of adapting to it.

February 24, 7 - 9.30 pm 
Nuoc – 2030 (98 min) (Screening followed by a conversation with the Director, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ)
James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall
 About the film: Nuoc (2030) is a futuristic feature film by the critically acclaimed director of Buffalo Boy, Nghiêm-Minh Nguyen-Võ. In a near-future Vietnam in which global warming and rising sea levels have forced agricultural cultivation to be conducted on floating farms, a strong-willed woman has to make a critical decision about her ex-lover, a suspect in her husband's murder.
 Sponsors:  Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Environmental Humanities at UCLA, UCLA Department of Geography, & the UCLA Geographers for Social and Environmental Justice (GSEJ)

March 2, 12 - 1.30 pm
There Once Was an Island (80 min) 
Haines 352
About the film: In this compelling and timely story three Pacific islanders must make the harrowing decision to either stay on their island home, or become some of the world's first environmental refugees. Two scientists visit the island and conduct field work with the community in an attempt to find ways of adapting to sea-level-rise. But when a terrifying flood destroys more than half of the islanders' homes the potential loss of their unique way of life becomes increasingly imminent. 

March 9, 12 - 1.30 pm
Sun Come Up (38 min) (followed by a discussion)
Haines 352
About the film: This Academy-Award nominated film follows the relocation of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain in the South Pacific Ocean, and now, some of the world’s first environmental refugees.
When climate change threatens their survival, the islanders face a painful decision. They must leave their ancestral land in search of a new place to call home. Sun Come Up follows a group of young islanders as they search for land and build relationships in war-torn Bougainville, 50 miles across the open ocean.

Screenings are free and open to all.

Organized and sponsored by the Cultural Politics of Nature Working Group (Jessica Cattelino, Isa Arriola, Bradley Cardozo, Courtney Cecale, Tanya Matthan)


Trying Times: Disability, Activism and Education in Samoa Times: Disability, Activism and Education in Samoa

Lecture by Dr. Juliann Anesi.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
3-5 PM
Room 2343, Public Policy

Co-sponsors: REPAIR AND NetCE.

American Constitutions: Life, Liberty, and Property in Colonial East Florida

American Constitutions: Life, Liberty, and Property in Colonial East Florida

Lecture by Nancy O. Gallman, UC Davis.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
History Conference Room, 6275 Bunche Hall


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