Climate Leadership Parade

How do we effect change? We march. We put ourselves out on the streets with tens, hundreds, thousands of other people. In this case, I marched on February 7th in Oakland, CA for Climate Leadership with over twenty of my San Jose State University students. Before we hit the streets, we held a circle in […]

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Indonesian Dungeons & Dragons – Part 3

AT LONG LAST, the appointed person, the requisite form, and the necessary typewriter all converged in the same time-space zone in the final phase of my research permitting process at the Indonesian Social-Political Ministry…continue reading

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Indonesian Dungeons and Dragons – Part 2

DAY TWO IN THE JAKARTAN BEHEMOTH involved dizzying circular visits to Immigration, the Indonesian Institute for Sciences, and the dreaded Sosial-Politik (Sospol) ministry. The latter we nicknamed “Cesspool,” both for the comportment of its bureaucrats and the hopeless fate of necessary documents….continue reading For Part 1, click here.

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New Year’s 2015 – Another essay goes live!

Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about beginning research in the world’s largest Muslim nation, in a lively essay, “Indonesian Dungeons and Dragons,” appearing in Nowhere magazine’s blog. “FOR NEW SCIENTISTS, ENTERING THE INDONESIAN PERMITTING PROCESS RESEMBLES venturing into an omnivore’s lair: narrow openings, uncertainty, dank corners. I’ve known colleagues who have nearly abandoned their field […]

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FALL 2014 – SJSU Student Projects with Tribes

This semester’s Nature and World Cultures students outdid themselves with substantive, professional work: projects focusing on the challenges of retaining and revitalizing biocultural diversity (ancestral lands and waters, culturally significant biota, indigenous languages), in collaboration with Northern Californian tribes. MICRODOCUMENTARIES: California Native Americans: Ohlone Costanoan Esselen Nation – YouTube video by Mary Yang, Jordan Zuchowski, […]

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FALL 2014 – Salmon Film Festival goes virtual

In addition to coupling the festival with a heart-healthy 5K Salmon Walk/Run, this year we chose to feature an abbreviated set of picks (one dozen instead of our usual 30+), and to make all the films available online. See our 2014 program here.

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FALL 2014 – All Our Relations

My essay entitled “All Our Relations” is one of two non-fiction essays in the Bellevue Literary Review issue devoted to Our Fragile Environment. “In university I was taught to scientifically classify organisms within the Tree of Life, dividing them into Kingdom, Phyla, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species. A series of evolutionary events leading to us, […]

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