Climate and Social Science Speaker Series
Nader’s current work focuses on how central dogmas are made and how they work in law, energy science, and anthropology. Harmony, Ideology, Injustice and Control in a Mountain Zapotec Village (1990) and The Life of the Law: Anthropological Projects (2002) indicate a wide range of interests in law that has moved from village sites into national and international arenas. Energy Choices in a Democratic Society (1980) is the initial work that has continued on in the area of energy and resources culminating in Naked Science: Anthropological Inquiry into Boundaries, Power, and Knowledge (1996). This work reflects a theoretical perspective that crosses disciplinary boundaries. Essays in Controlling Processes (1994, 1996, 2002) is ongoing work that attempts to synthesize contemporary work on power and control. Nader is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1995 the Law and Society Association awarded her the Kalven Prize for distinguished research on law and society. (from her website: http://anthropology.berkeley.edu/users/laura-nader)
Is the “save the planet” rhetoric really saving the planet? And what does that even mean? Jenny Price’s cultural critique of contemporary American environmentalism tracks the rhetoric through environmental action and policy, and assesses its usefulness or uselessness for actually grappling–as effectively and as equitably as possible–with our most urgent environmental troubles.
Price received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in 1998 with a focus on the environment, the American West, and writing history. She is a freelance writer and she gives tours of the Los Angeles River on her own and as part of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, an art-performance educational group. She has published a book called Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America (1999) and has also written several book chapters including “Looking for Nature at the Mall: A Field Guide to the Nature Company” in Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature (1995) and “A Natural History of the Plastic Pink Flamingo” in The Nature of Nature: New Essays from America’s Finest Writers on Nature (1994). She is also a contributing writer to LA Observed, Sunset, theLos Angeles Times, GOOD, the Huffington Post, and the New York Times, among many other publications. She recently began writing a satirical environmental advice column called “Green Me Up, J.J.” for LA Observed. She was quoted in an article from the Daily Bruin about the LA Rangers: “Urban Rangers explore L.A. coast from an environmental perspective, promoting public education.” (from her website, http://bit.ly/1efcQTt)
Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe are husband and wife anthropologists from Rice University. They study relationships between energy and political power in southern Mexico where local communities are directly impacted by the nation’s efforts to switch from petroleum to renewable energy sources.