Freudenfest 2010

Event Date: 

Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 8:00am

NOTE: View a recording of Bill's recent lecture:Learning Lessons from Disaster? The BP Oil Spill and the Future of Energy in America

A day long collaborative discussion and celebration of Dr. William Freudenburg's contributions to sociology, environmental studies, and society was held November 6, 2010, at the University of California at Santa Barbara.This symposium became known as Freudenfest - 2010!

There is a tremendous need to forge new directions in scholarship on environment and society that can ensure meaningful contributions to academia and civil society alike. There is perhaps no other contributor who has offered a larger trove of concepts and insights to direct such an endeavor than William R. Freudenburg, Dehlsen Professor of Environment and Society at UCSB. Over the past several decades, his work in the areas of risk, disaster, and natural resource development, and most critically the political forces that define such events, has offered multiple seeds that warrant further development by others in our sub-discipline. A program schedule of the event is available below.

Images From Freudenfest:

View/Download PowerPoint Presentations From Freudenfest:

  • The Roadlock to Intellectual Sucess: Nuclear and Other Risks, Eugene A. Rosa, Edward R. Meyer Professor, Thomas F. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, Washington State University (download .ppt)
  • The Said and Undaid: Disproportionality and How it is Supported through Discourse, Debra Davidson, Dept. of Rural Economy, University of Alberta (download .ppt)

  • Working with Bill, Robert Gramling (download .ppt)

  • Social Change in Natural Resource-Based Rural Communities: The Evolution of Sociological Research and Knowledge As Influenced by the Contributions of William E. Freudenburg, Richard S. Krannich, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology, Utah State University (download .ppt)

  • Transcending Human Exemptionalism: Freudenburg's Sociology in Which Nature Matters, Raymond Murphy, University of Ottawa, Canada, and Riley Dunlap, Oklahoma State University, USA (download .ppt)

  • Resource Dependency and Diversity: From Findings to Metaphors (and Back Again?), Richard C. Stedman, Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University (download .ppt)

  • Political Science: The Intricacies of Activism Among Coastal Restoration Scientists, Lee Clarke, Rutgers University (download .ppt)

Posted: Written Comments About Bill! - View here (you are welcome to add your own)
Watch online, Bill's Recent Book Lecture: Learning Lessons from Disaster? - View

A special Thanks to the Freudenfest Organizing Committee Members:
Debra Davidson, Riley Dunlap, Dana Fisher, Bob Gramling and Josh Schimel
as well as the faculty and staff of the Environmental Studies Program at UCSB for coordinating all the logisitics!

Questions about Freudenfest should be directed to organizing committee chair, Debra Davidson (

What's New with Bill

Lecture on New Book: Given
Nov. 15th, 2010 at UCSB.
View recording online here

Recent Book Review on Santa
Barbara's - View

New Book by Bill Just Released
""Blowout in the Gulf ?¢?Ǩ?Äú The BP Oil
Spill Disaster and the Future of
Energy in America""
- View Press Release - 10/22/10

Environmental Studies Scholar
Examines Gulf Oil Spill and U.S.
Energy Policies
- UCSB 93106 - 11/1/10

Professor Burns Big Oil!
- Daily Nexus Article, 10/28/10

UC Scholar Holds Class Amid
for Survival - UCSB Daily
Nexus Article, Dec. 3, 2009

Learn more about Bill
Freudenburg on




Fredudenfest Program

LOCATION: Marine Science Building Auditorium, Room 1302, UCSB Campus


8:30am Registration, coffee and refreshments
9:00 Welcome and opening remarks
Joshua Schimel, Chair, UCSB ES Program
9:15 Raymond Murphy (University of Ottawa) and Riley Dunlap (Oklahoma State University)
Transcending Human Exemptionalism: Freudenburg's Sociology in which Nature Matters
10:00 Break
10:30 Richard Stedman (Cornell University)
Resource Dependency and Diversity: From Findings to Metaphors (and Back Again?)
11:15 Richard Krannich (Utah State University)
Social Change in Natural Resource-?Ǭ?based Rural Communities
12:00pm Eugene Rosa (Washington State University)
The Roadblock to Intellectual Success: Nuclear and Other Risks
12:45 Lunch and Book Signing
1:45 Plaque Presentation by Dilling Yang (on behalf of the Chacnellor)

On a Personal Note: Commentary on Bill the Scholar, Colleague and Mentor.
Offered by Tony Rosenbaum (University of Florida), Robert Gramling (University of Louisiana, Lafayette) and Dana Fisher (Columbia University)

2:30 Lee Clarke (Rutgers University)
Political Science: The Intricacies of Activism Among Coastal Restoration Scientists
3:15 Break
3:45 Debra Davidson (University of Alberta)
The Said and the Unsaid: The Disproportionality Effect and How it is Supported Through Discourse
4:30 Kathleen Tierney (University of Colorado, Boulder)
'Natural,""Technological,"" and Other Hazards: Key Insights
5:30 Reception @ UCSB FACULTY CLUB
Remarks and reading of comments
6:30 Dinner Banquet @ UCSB FACULTY CLUB
Toast by Tom Heberlein (Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison), open mike