Craig Santos Perez — A Mellon Sawyer Seminar "Deep Horizons" Lecture

Lecture: "Beyond The Tenth Horizon": Sensing Ecological and Human Interconnections through Pacific Islander Eco-Poetry

In this hybrid talk and poetry reading, I will show how Pacific Islander literature makes visible the interconnections between diverse environmental and human scales, spectrums, and spaces. Launching from Epeli Hauʻofa’s concept of “the tenth horizon,” we will poetically navigate the catastrophes wrought in the Pacific by militarism, nuclearism, and ecological imperialism, as well as the solidarities woven by indigenous, racial, sovereignty, climate, and food justice movements. Throughout, I will argue that Pacific eco-poetry articulates indigenous ethics, critiques colonial exploitation, and imagines sustainable futures.

About the Lecturer:
Craig Santos Perez is an indigenous Chamoru (Chamorro) from the Pacific Island of Guåhan (Guam). He is a poet, scholar, editor, publisher, essayist, critic, book reviewer, artist, environmentalist, and political activist.

Craig is as an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches creative writing, eco-poetry, and Pacific literature. He is affiliate faculty with the Center of Pacific Islands Studies and the Indigenous Politics Program, and he is Chair of the Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander Board in the Office of General Education. He was the Director of the Creative Program from 2014-2016, and 2019-2020.He earned a B.A. from the University of Redlands (2002), an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of San Francisco (2006), and an MA (2009) and Ph.D. (2015) in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a faculty member for Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA, 2018), Kundiman Writers Retreat (2019), and Mokulēʻia Writers Retreat (2019).

About the Lecture Series:
The Mellon Sawyer Seminar, Deep Horizons: Making Visible an Unseen Spectrum of Ecological Casualties & Prospects, aims to traverse multiple disciplines and perspectives to investigate intersectional questions concerning the changing planet as it affects specific peoples, communities, wildlife species, and ecosystems in varying and inequitable ways.

The year-long seminar will be led by faculty from art, biology, cinema, history, indigenous studies, linguistics, sociology, and other departments. Together, the team will invite preeminent scholars and practitioners to CU Boulder and host numerous public events, including panels, lectures, and art exhibitions around the Boulder-Denver area.

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Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

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