Cultural Strategies for Environmental Justice: Visiting Artist Will See
Anticipated Visit: January 21-26, 2019
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Will See is a poet-MC, environmental justice (EJ) activist, and cultural worker from Detroit. He brings attention to issues of environment, race and class through his art and activism. He worked as Co-Director of the East Michigan Environmental Action Council and served as a local coordinator for the 2010 US Social Forum among other activist projects in Detroit and across the region. He presently collaborates with the national Climate Justice Alliance. Will recently finished touring with the Earthwork Music Collective and co-convening the national Black 2 Just Transition Assembly and Training. His solo hip-hop CD The Basics includes EJ anthems such as “Water Power” and “Take tha House Back.” His second project is a spiritual mixtape called SOL SWGGR. In his third project, #Detroitdiplomat, he “brings Detroit to the world and brings the world to the D.”
From January 21-25, 2019, UCI Community Resilience Projects and co-sponsors anticipate hosting Will See as a visiting artist to share his work and methods with UCI students, faculty, staff, and community collaborators. Will’s visit will incorporate environmental justice into our campus’ MLK week activities. On January 23, our campus will also host Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Iraqi-American pediatrician whose research uncovered the lead poisoning of Flint, Michigan’s drinking water supply. Will’s visit will provide a synergistic community perspective from neighboring Detroit about their fight for community access to clean water and other public goods such as affordable housing, food sovereignty, and community-driven climate resilience. Combined, the two concurrent campus visits from Michigan will speak to issues at the core of several UCI collaborations with surrounding communities working for environmental justice.
This event is co-sponsored by: UCI Community Resilience Projects; UCI Campus Climate Council; UCI Cross-Cultural Center; UCI Global Cultures; UCI Illuminations; UCI MFA Program in Poetry; UCI Wellness, Health, and Counseling; Orange County Environmental Justice.