In recognition of the Environmental Studies Program's 50th year as an academic department at UC Santa Barbara, the five decades of environmental activism, education, and research at UCSB, and building upon Santa Barbara's legacy as the birthplace of the modern environmental movement we have partnered with a number of departments to host many special events and programs throughout the year. You can view a calendar of these events by clicking here or visiting UCSB's Arts & Lectures, their special Forces of Nature lecture series(.pdf), UCSB Campus Calendar, or the UCSB Alumni Association. See a brief history of ES here. If you're unable to make it to our events but still want to help out you're welcome to donate to the ES 50th Fund.
You are welcome to read a short letter written by Professor Emeritus Rod Nash, founding chair of the ES Program, on the ocassion of the fiftieth anniversary of the ES Progrm: "The Greening of Higher Education at UCSB."
50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion
Feb. 28 - March 1, 2020 @ UCSB!
Following a tradition started in 1975, the Environmental Studies Program hosts a quinquennial celebration and alumni reunion (every five years) in honor of the founding of our department and recognize the incredible work of our graduates. Throughout the weekend we have scheduled themed panels highlighting the diverse areas in which our graduates work as well as discuss critical environmental issues, multiple receptions and opportunities to mingle with fellow alumni and current students, the world premiere of a 30 minute documentary on the history of the ES Program, fabulous meals, a talk by Bill McKibben, and much more! You can review the entire weekend's schedule here or download the physical event program as a .pdf here.
View the updated ES 50th Weekend Schedule/Program by clicking here.
Friday, February 28, 2020
Alumni panels/student mixers and welcome reception
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Two rounds of themed panel discussions in the morning, catered lunch & award presentations, two themed afternoon plenaries including the premier of the ES Program's newest documentary, catered dinner, and Bill McKibben talk.
Three special tours and two unique lectures by ES faculty and alumni - all free.
You may also subscribe to Friends-of-ES listserv email listserv to receive updates on all ES sponsored events and the 50th Anniversary as they become available.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Eric Zimmerman, ES 50th Anniversary co-chair, by email or phone: 805-893-2968.
ES 50th Accomodations Info:
HOTELS: The hotels that have strong relationships with UCSB Alumni can be found here: https://www.alumni.ucsb.edu/vacation/visiting-santa-barbara
Most of these hotels offer a “UCSB Alumni” rate when you call and book your stay. I know Best Western, Kimpton Goodland, and Pacifica Suites offer discounts ranging from 15%-25%.
Upcoming ES 50th Events:
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|1/11/20||Symposium: "Children in Nature: Prescription for a Healthy Planet"||Keynote speaker: Richard Louv )--author of Last child in the woods: Saving our children from Nature Deficit Disorder, Followed b panel discussions with loccal educators such as Dan Fontaine (Wilderness Youth Project), Mark Wilkinson, (SB County Trails), Bridget Lewin (UCSB's Kids in Nature program), and Scot Pipkin (SBBG Education Director) and Chris Lortie (NCEAS).||10 a.m. to 4 p.m. County Schools Building at 4400 Cathedral Oaks Road||Info & Tickets|
|1/14/20||Lecture by: Katherin Hayhoe, 2019 United Nations Champion of the Earth. :Science in a Fact-Free-World"||Part of the UCSB A&L's Forces of Nature Lecture Series which the ES Program is a sponsor.||7:30 pm in Campbell Hall, UCSB - FREE||A&L Website|
|2/29/20||Lecture by: Bill McKibben. "Our Changing Climate: A Global Movement of Reform"||Co-sponsored by Envirnmental Studies Program and UCSB Arts and Lectures.||7:30 pm in Campbell Hall, UCSB||A&L Website|
|2/28/20 - 3/1/20||ES Program's 50th Anniversary Celebration & Alumni Reunion||Friday thru Sunday: multiple events, lectures, symposiums, etc. hosted by the Environmental Studie Program's 50th Anniversary Committee||Multiple times and venues @ UCSB||Register
|4/16/20||Lecture by: Carolyn Finney. Lecture Title is TBA||Environmental Studies Program's 39th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture||Time and locatin is TBA||ES News & Events|
|5/4/20||Lecture by: Elizabeth Rush on her book titled "Rising: Dispatches from the New American"||
Her book is the 2020 selection of the award-winning UCSB Reads initiative. UCSB Reads is presented by the University Library, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and additional campus and community partners including the Environemntal Studies Program.
|Time and locatin is TBA||Info|