This talk was presented on 14 May 2019 as part of the Australian Museum's 2019 HumanNature series. The series runs until November – see the full program here.
HumanNature: Environmental justice and the power of the Pacific word
The Pacific region is at the front line of Climate Change. Can literature play a significant role in raising awareness and inspiring activism? Join award-winning Craig Santos Perez from the University of Hawaiʻi, as he reflects on the vital role of Pacific literature and poetry in environmental justice movements across the region. Perez, a Chamoru scholar, poet, educator and environmentalist performs his award-winning `Pacific Eco-Poetry’ and shares his involvement with a range of humanities projects aimed at raising environmental literacy.
This landmark lecture series offers a range of talks by leading international and Australian scholars in the Environmental Humanities. It will draw on insights from history, literature, philosophy, anthropology and related disciplines and explore the important role humanities can play in addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges of our day.
About Craig Santos Perez
Craig Santos Perez is an associate professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa, where he teaches Pacific literature and eco-poetry. The author of four collections of poetry, and co-editor of four anthologies, he is the first Pacific Islander to receive the American Book Award, and first Micronesian to receive the highest literary award from the Hawaiʻi Literary Arts Council. Dr Santos Perez has lectured and performed at the IUCN World Conservation Congress, the UNESCO Ocean Literacy conference, the Indigenous Book Festival, the Festival of Pacific Arts and the International Conference on Environmental Futures.