HumanNature Series: Environmental Justice and the Power of the Pacific Word

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Tuesday 14 May 2019 6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Level G - Theatre, Australian Museum, 1 William St, Sydney



Australian Museum

Experience the award-winning eco-poetry of Craig Santos Perez from the University of Hawaiʻi, as he reflects on the vital role of Pacific literature in the environmental movements of Oceania.

An abiding source of ecological knowledge, Pacific Islander literature continues to play a powerful role in environmental justice movements in Guam, Craig Santos Perez’s ancestral homeland; Hawaiʻi, his current home, and across the Pacific. The Chamoru scholar, poet, educator and environmentalist shares his involvement with a range of humanities projects aimed at raising environmental literacy and performs his award-winning `Pacific Eco-Poetry’ engaging nature, ecology, militarism and climate change.

6.00pm: Welcome drink and refreshments.

6.30pm: Talk and Q&A


Craig Santos Perez is an associate professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and eco-poetry. The author of four collections of poetry, and co-editor of four anthologies, he is the first Pacific Islander to receive the American Book Award, and first Micronesian to receive the highest literary award from the Hawaiʻi Literary Arts Council. Dr Santos Perez has lectured and performed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the UNESCO Ocean Literacy conference, the Indigenous Book Festival, the Festival of Pacific Arts and the International Conference on Environmental Futures.


What is the HumanNature Series?

In this landmark series of talks, the Australian Museum is proud to host a stellar line up of leading Australian and international scholars.

They will share with us their insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and art to examine the significant interplay between the humanities and the environmental crisis we face today, including climate change, biodiversity loss and a wide range of other issues.