Oceans of Knowledge Conference
The event includes a plenary/keynote, three thematic sessions, three film screenings, a reception, and visit to the campus proa (sakman) building project Orthogonal. In the sessions, we will delve into the unique cultural and cognitive aspects of Islander navigation, wayfinding, boatbuilding and sailing techniques. We will review the science of climate change and sea level rise, specifically as it impacts island nations and the ecology of reefs and fisheries. We will bring these themes together to consider cultural and economic survival today, and for the future.
All UCI students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend, free of charge. We will host attendees from local diasporic communities, including the Southern California Chamorro community. We hope to have representatives from other similar initiatives in island communities, including: Pete Perez and 500 Sails on Saipan; Tatasi Ignacio Camacho with Traditions About Seafaring Islands (TASI) on Guam; Regina and Larry Raigetal with Waa’gey from the Federate States of Micronesia; Mimi George with the Tuamako Project in the Solomon Islands; and Tua Pittman with Araumarau Atua-Cook Islands Voyaging Society.
Simon Penny, Professor, Art, UCI, Director
Sylvia Frain, PhD Candidate, Associate Director
Sponsored by the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the Oceans Institute, and UCI Illuminations
EVENT WEBSITE: http://sites.uci.edu/ok17/