Established in Memory of Steven Manley (1958 - 1979).  While working for his second summer as a firefighter with the California Division of Forestry, Steve Manley and three other firefighters lost their lives on August 15, 1979, battling a brush wildfire near Santa Maria. He was a 21-year old Environmental Studies Major in his third year at UCSB at the time. Steve Manley was an active proponent of the protection, conservation and planned use of the environmental landscape. It was his field of study and way of life. His summer firefighting job was directly related to his desire to learn by doing in the protection of the land. He had a lifelong interest in the outdoors, the sea and physical activity. This lecture series is a celebration of his life.

40th Annual Steven Manley Memorial Lecture 

Talk Title: "Decolonizing And Indigenizing Environmental Justice"

Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 3:30pm

Location: UCSB Bren Hall 1414

View the lecture flier here. Watch a recording of the talk here. 

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and independent educator/advisor on Indigenous environmental issues. She is a sought-after speaker and has addressed and advised a wide array of academic disciplines and organizations in the realms of conservation, law, science, government, outdoor sports, and more. As a freelance journalist, her work has appeared in Indian Country Today, Los Angeles Times, High Country News, Sierra Magazine,, Slate,, Bioneers, Truthout, the Pacifica Network, Grist, CSPAN Booktalk, The Boston Globe, and many more. She has won numerous awards for her writing, including awards from the Native American Journalists Association. Her research interests focus on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. For several years she was involved with Indigenous peoples’ participation in the United Nations arena. She also works within the academic field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. Dina helped author AB 1782 in 2018, a bill to make surfing California’s state sport and regularly works within surf culture elevating the perspectives of Indigenous surfers, youth, and communities.

In 2016 she published her first book along with coauthor Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, “All the Real Indians Died Off” and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (Beacon Press). Her most recent book is the critically acclaimed and award-winning As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock (Beacon Press, 2019). Dina is currently under contract with Beacon Press for two new books under the working titles Illegitimate Nation: Privilege, Race, and Belonging in the U.S. Settler State, and Claiming Native: Authenticity, Ethnic Fraud, and the Messy Ambiguity of Native Identity.


Past Steven Manley Memorial Lecturers 



Ricardo J. Salvador, Director and Senior Scientist of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C.; Board of Agriculture and National Resources of the National Academy of Sciences; International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food

2022   No Steven Manley Memorial Lecture this year
2021   No Steven Manley Memorial Lecture this year
2020   No Steven Manley Memorial Lecture this year

Alexis Bunten Ph.D., (Unangan/Yup'ik), Co-Director, Bioneers' Indigeneity Program

2018   Brenda Ekwurzel, Director of Climate Science for the Union of Concerned Scientists
2017   Charles Lester, Speaker, Lecturer, and former Director of the California Coastal Commission
2016   Charles Fishman, Author & Speaker, NY Times Bestsellers: The Walmart Effect and A Curious Mind"
2015   Julia Marton-Lefèvre, former Director General IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Author, Lecturer
2014   Olivier De Schutter, Professor, UCLouvain, Brussels and UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
2013   Paul Greenberg, Author & Speaker, NY Times Bestseller: Four Fish: the Future of the Last Wild Food
2012   Jay Gulledge, Sr. Scientist & Director for Science & Impacts, Center for Climate & Energy Solutions
2011   Daniel P. Schrag, Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment
2010   Deb Callahan, President, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics & the Environment
2009   Richard Harris, Science Correspondent, National Public Radio (NPR)
2008   James P. Kennett, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara
2007   John W. Day, Jr., Distinguished Prof. Emeritus, Dept. of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Louisiana State Univ.
2006   Robert Glennon, Morris K. Udall Prof. of Law & Public Policy, Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
2005   Christopher Flaviin, President, Worldwatch Institute
2004   Norman C. Ellstrand, Professor, Dept. of Botany & Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
2003   Harriet Ritvo, Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
2002   Tundi Agardy, Director, Sound Seas, Washington, D.C.
2001   Cynthia Moss, Director, Amboseli Elephant Research Project, Nairobi, Kenya
2000   No Steven Manley Memorial Lecture this year
1999   Catherine Koshland, Professor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley
1998   Mike Davis, Lecturer & Author, Los Angeles, California
1997   The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Past Canadian Prime Minister
1996   Thomas Dunne, Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara
1995   William D. Ruckelshaus, Chairman & CEO, Browning--Ferris Industries, Houston, TX
1994   Herbert Bormann, Professor Emeritus, Yale School of Forestry, Yale University
1993   Bonnie J. McCay, Professor, Human Ecology / Anthropolgy, Rutgers University
1992   H. Patricia Hynes, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
1991   Dr. Arthur Rosenfeld, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories, UC Berkeley
1990   Dr. Sherwood Rowland, Dept. of Chemistry, UC Irvine
1989   Ramachandra Guha, Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, India
1988   Russell Peterson, President Emeritus, National Audubon Society
1987   Garrett Hardin, Human Ecology, UC Santa Barbara
1986   Edith Brown Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Professor Law Center, Georgetown University
1985   Dr. David Morris, Executive Dir., Center for Local Self-Reliance, Washington, D.C.
James Pissot, President, Utah Audubon Society & Co-Founder, Utah Wilderness Association
1984   Thayer Scudder, Dept. of Anthropology, CA Institute of Technology
James Anderson, Dept. of Anthropology, UC Berkeley
Steven R. Gliessman, Dept. of Ecology, UC Santa Cruz
1983   Thomas C. Jorling, Director, Center for Environmental Studies, Williams College
Stanley Dundon, Dept. of Philosophy, CSU Sacramento
1982   Sally Ann Ranney, Founder & President, American Wilderness Alliance
1981   Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, Vice President, World Wildlife Fund