Last year we were proud to offer for the first time a series of optional and supplemental workshops facilitated by some of the guest lecturers from our weekly speaker series! These workshops were a great way for interested students to work one on one with the speakers they were most interested in. We hope to continue to offer workshops again this year, and for years to come! Last year's workshop descriptions are listed below.
Spring 2011 Workshops
Tuesday, April 5th- Mark Lakeman: Planet Repair, Step 1: Intersections 11am-1pm in the Quarry Plaza
A dialogue about what we perceive does work about the communities that each of us lives in, and what we would like to shift or change. Then we'll apply these ideas to design exercises on intersection templates that I'll bring, using basic art supplies that I will also bring.
Monday, April 11th-Leith Sharp: Group Intelligence Workshop: 3pm-4:45pm at the Charles E. Merrill Lounge (Merrill College)
We will be exploring broader implications of what we are learning from campus sustainability on the larger green economy. Together, we will inquire deeper into the importance of group intelligence (as opposed to individual intelligence) in moving us all forward. What is group intelligence? How is it key in relationship to sustainability? What impedes it and what can we do to enhance it?
Tuesday, April 12th- Ari Lesser: Political Hip-Hop Rhythm workshop 10:30-12pm at the Sustainable Living Center in the Village, Room A-3
Ari will be sharing techniques and guiding students to produce words or ideas into rhymes.
Monday, April 18th- Tim Galarneau: Finding your Kuleana: Leadership & Development for Young People in the Food Movement 3:30-5:00pm at Baytree Muwekma Ohlone Conference Room (Located on the 3rd floor above the Baytree Bookstore)
Young people across the country, from rural and urban to indigenous communities are testing their voice, seeking new alliances, and fostering change. Come learn about the importance of sharing stories, building new skills, and preparing to manifest a pathway of informed leadership and thoughtful action in these challenging times. Focusing on, but not excluding broader issues, this workshop will explore food justice, community action, and how we ground ourselves in seeking empowerment by integrating our past and building a present moment ripe with potential.
Tuesday, April 19th- Dr. Richard Oppenlander: Making Critical Food Choices 12:30-2:30pm at the Charles E. Merrill Lounge
Comfortably Unaware Strategy Session: Food Choice Perspectives and Problem Solving
The Comfortably Unaware Strategy Session will consist of five categories, representing some of the most pressing issues involving our food choices. Participants will enjoy the format, which combines interactive and creative problem solving with learning new perspectives about the impact of what we decide to eat. An outline of concepts to be covered in this session is as follows:
I. Food Choice Policy Making
2012 Farm Bill, Sustainable Agricultural System, U.S. Health Care Crisis and Education
II. New Insights: Disease and Nutrition
Animal vs. Plants: inherent differences, Myths, Specifics of grass fed beef and Cutting edge concepts (phytonutrients, angiogenesis, etc.)
III. World Hunger and Global Strategies
Forms of World Hunger, Choice of Foods and other reasons and Solutions
IV. Oceans: Fish, the ‘healthy alternative’?
Why be concerned and Rethinking the ‘need’
V. Inhibited by Influences
What factors impact our choices of food and Directions from here
Sunday, May 8th- Micah Posner: Bike Tour- sign up through OPERS 10am-2pm at OPERS
"Spring Routes and Secret Gardens", Spring is rolling into Santa Cruz. Celebrate it with the devoted bicyclistas of People Power on a tour of sneak routes and secret gardens on the UCSC campus and the town nearby. Enjoy a simple lunch grown on campus and spin it off in a profound expression of the caloric cycle. This slow and easy 8-10 mile ride showcases safe, lesser known bicycle routes and includes information on appropriate gear, local resources, and a free bike map. Perfect for new cyclists. Rain does not cancel; it inspires. You will need a bike in good working condition, helmet, and, (possibly), rain gear (Rain gear/ helmet can be rented at OPERS.) This outing is co-sponsored by UCSC Transportation and Recreation Departments (TAPS and OPERS)
* This ride will feature different sneak routes and secret places from People Power's Fall and Winter Rides $7 admission.
Sign up here: http://www.ucscrecreation.com/catalog/?offering=983
Tuesday, May 24th - Andy Couturier: Writing in Nature Workshop: 10:30-12:30pm in the Sustainable Living Center at the Village, Room A-3
Too often writing pulls us out of our present experience and disconnects us from the luminous natural world. It doesn't need to be so. In fact, we can actually use writing to heighten our perceptions and sensitivities to the many "beings" that call to us in nature. Our animal bodies have been tuned for thousands of generations for the most acute perception of the world, and we can use writing to renew that connection. Join us for a short tasting of techniques that can help you to use your innate human capacities for language to engage more vitally, to actually participate with the natural world vitally around us.
Find out more about writing classes at The Opening. http://theopening.org
Please sign up in advance using the link below as space will be limited!