More than 800 scholars and students will descend upon Riverside next week to attend the American Society for Environmental History’s annual meeting. Held at the Riverside Convention Center (3637 5th St.) from March 14-18, this year’s event, “Environment, Power, and Justice,” will feature a series of workshops, panel sessions, presentations, and expert-led field trips to various historical sites throughout Southern California, including Crystal Cove State Park, the California Citrus State Historic Park, and the Huntington Library.

UCR’s David Biggs, associate professor of history and public policy, will deliver welcome remarks during an opening reception at UCR ARTSblock the evening of Wednesday, March 14. Biggs will also co-lead field trips to the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, one of the largest military bases on the West Coast and home to one of the last remaining stretches of undeveloped California coastline, and Joshua Tree National Park.

Additional UCR faculty slated to participate in the conference’s activities include Catherine Gudis, associate professor of history and director of the university’s public history program; Jade Sasser, assistant professor of gender and sexuality studies; Philipp Lehmann, assistant professor of history; Jason Weems, associate professor of art history; and Ademide Adelsui-Adeluyi, assistant professor of history. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Cynthia K. Larive, meanwhile, will deliver closing comments during the event’s concluding reception, held the evening of Saturday, March 17.

Over the course of the conference’s four days, scholars will explore centuries of interactions between humans and the natural world; topics to be covered are as wide-ranging as the borderlands of the Western United States, urban agriculture, and the environmental history of pipelines.

This year marks the first time since 1982 that the event, which is co-sponsored by UCR and the Claremont Colleges, will be held in Southern California. Interested parties can register here.

Tess Eyrich 

UCR To Host Screening of Food Evolution

The community is invited to a free public screening of Food Evolution, a science-based investigation into the controversy of GMOs that is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the film’s producer and director, Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

The screening will be on Friday, March 16 from 4-7 p.m. at The Barn. Space is limited. RSVP by March 12 to

Other panelists include: Allison Van Eenennaam, CE Specialist, Animal Genomics & Biotechnology, UC Davis; Tom Delfino, Executive Director California Citrus Nursery Society; Norm Ellstrand, Distinguished Professor of Genetics, Johnson Chair, CAFE Director, UC Riverside. The moderator is Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist, UC Riverside.

If You Go:

  • When: March 16
  • Time: 4 P.M.- 7 P.M.
  • Where: The Barn
  • RSVP by March 12 to


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