Environmental concerns and natural resources can be a cause for conflict between ethnic, religious, national, and political groups, but they can also be a reason for cooperation between countries, organizations, communities, and individuals. Such cooperation could include ecological goals such as enhancing ecosystem health and preventing species or habitat loss, but also goals such as strengthening community resilience, protection of cultural values, scientific discovery, and peacebuilding. The Conference on Environmental Conflict and Cooperation (CACC) focuses on two main issues: 1. inter-group environmental conflicts, and the ways to resolve, mitigate, or prevent them; and 2. cross-border environmental cooperation on all levels, including international, inter-governmental, regional, and local levels. The conference aims to inform participants of case studies from around the world, as well as allow them to share insights, both academic and from the field, and develop real-world, practical knowledge and tools.
Sessions will include the following topics:
Cross-border Conflict over Natural Resources
Nature Knows No Borders?: Borders and Ecosystems
Peacebuilding and the Environment
Getting to Win-Win: Transboundary Environmental Cooperation
International Ecological and Scientific Cooperation
February 10, 12 pm PST: "California Reds: Young Jewish Communists in the 1930's," with Caroline Luce
Luce will focus her presentation on a cohort of young Jewish activists raised in the Yiddish-speaking immigrant milieu of Los Angeles who came of age in the Young Communist League in the 1920s and 1930s, including Dorothy Ray Healey (née Dorothy Rosenblum), Ben Dobbs (née Ben Isgur), and others who became prominent leaders of the California Communist Party by the 1940s. Placing emphasis on their earliest years in the YCL as teenagers, she will explore how they negotiated the place of Jews and Jewishness within the radical movement and without as a means of revealing a long and oft-overlooked history of Jewish racialization and resistance in interwar California.
Also be on the lookout for other upcoming events in the New Directions in Jewish Studies 2021 Lecture Series!