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Fall 2021 GCSC Seminars

A man and a woman are standing on a white expanse of salt under a blue sky. They are gripping the four handles of a chest-high industrial drill.

Excerpted from an article by Maria Archibald on the Sustainability Office blog.

The Global Change & Sustainability Center (GCSC) Seminar Series features a different speaker on alternate Tuesdays of the fall semester. All seminars will take place on Zoom.

The seminar series this fall will focus on interdisciplinary sustainability research by faculty members from all different disciplines across the University of Utah campus, ranging from law to philosophy to engineering.

Dr. Stacy Harwood, professor and chair in the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning, will give the September 14 seminar, “Everyday Racism in Integrated Spaces,” which examines the experiences of students of color at the University of Utah, a predominantly white institution.

Dr. Carlos Santana, professor of Philosophy, will wrap up September with a discussion of the Anthropocene and possibilities for collaboration between natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in a new geologic era.

In October and November Dr. Heather Tanana, research assistant professor in the College of Law, will discuss the intersection of Indigenous resource needs, climate change, and environmental policies; Dr. Taylor Sparks, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, will discuss the materials needed to achieve a just energy transition; and Dr. Lynne Zummo, professor of Educational Psychology and curator of learning sciences at the Natural History Museum of Utah, will explore the cognitive process related to learning and making decisions about climate change.