What is Lost When a Species Goes Extinct?

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Within the question, “what is lost when a species goes extinct?”, is embedded another question, “how do we talk about it?” To investigate these questions and more, Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research, brought Claudio Campagna, Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Daniel Guevara, Chair and Associate Professor, Philosophy Department, all at UCSC, onto KZSC‘S Artists on Art Radio Program, April 4, 2017.

We began the discussion about the new research group, The Language of Conservation, and their inaugural event, What is Lost When A Species Goes Extinct? A Colloquium on the Unspeakable Value of Life, that happened, April 14, in Humanities 1. It was a conversation between a philosopher and three scientists about the impact of language—how particular words and concepts impact the public’s thinking about topics such as “sustainability,” “conservation,” and “extinction.”

Here’s an excerpt of our interview with Claudio Campagna talking about his journey as an animal behaviorist to researching the philosophy of the environmental movement and starting the new IHR research group with Daniel Guevara on language and conservation.

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Alex Perez reads his poem Pablo Pueblo

Ryan Page

17349580_10155104079201665_1092508686179610993_oEver wonder what is music? That was one of the topics composer and performer, Ryan Page and Nada Miljkovic spoke about when he came onto the KZSC radio show, Artists on Art.  To inform the answer to this question, we played music by John Cage and Pauline Oliveras as well as Ctrl-Z and discussed their similarities and differences.

Ryan Page is a composer, performer, and tinkerer who focuses on human interaction with technology.  In 2015 he founded the live electronic music group Ctrl-Z with Daniel Steffey and Nicholas Wang. Ctrl-Z performs and commissions new electronic works, along with classic works of 20th-Century experimental music. Last year, he started a record label, Cutty Strange Records and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at UCSC.

We discussed Ctrl-Z’s collaboration with Listening to Ladies and their call for composers of any age or nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018. Applications are due June 1st, 2017.

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

Gail Rich Award Winners 2017

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It was a full house in the radio studio for our show on February 15, 2017. The talk was about the annual Gail Rich Awards which celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.

Jennifer Gallagher, representing the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and the Arts Council Associates, brought into the KZSC Studio three out of five of this year’s recipients; Gina Garcia (Dancer, Educator and Founder, Worldanz, Julia Chiapella (Writer and Program Director, Young Writer’s Program) and Mike Ryan (Actor and Artistic Director, Santa Cruz Shakespeare), listed in order by which they appear.

GR-2017-Page-Slider-2The 21st Annual Gail Rich Awards is happening Wednesday, February 22 at 7:30 pm at the Rio Theatre, 1205 Soquel Ave. in Santa Cruz. It is free and open to the public.

To hear our show in its entirety, please click on the play button below.

Michelle Williams

The director of the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County, Michelle Williams came on to Artists on Art to talk about what the Arts Council does. She and her team support and invest in Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations Last year, more than $180,000 was awarded during our 2016 grant cycle.

For artists seeking grants, the Spring Grant Cycle opened February 8 for artists seeking: Create Grants – for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects and Develop Grants – for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities.View guidelines here.
Deadline to Apply is March 15, 5:00 pm.

The Arts Council does more than giving money away to support art, it also supports a wide range of arts education opportunities, advocate for ongoing support for the arts and lead community collaborations and partnerships.

The National Endowment of the Arts has come under attack with calls for ending funding. Please listen to Michelle Michelle argue for the intrinsic and economic value of the arts at a local and national level.

Donna Haraway & Copperwoman

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UCSC Professor Emerita, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway and Singer/ Songwriter, Copperwoman were the guests on Artists on Art for November 16, 2016.

978-0-8223-6224-1_prDonna spoke about her recently published book, Staying with the Trouble,  Making Kin in the Chthulucene, about provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants in the midst of spiraling ecological devastation.

unnamed-1In the second part of the show, Copperwoman sang and played the guitar live on the radio. Along with Debbie Nargi Brown, they will be hosting CircleSong of Gratitude at the Quaker Meeting House, Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 2-4pm.

To hear the show in entirety, please press the play button below.

Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer

Aghosts-poster-smallt the end of October 2016,  the Chicano Latino Research Center and Institute for Humanities Research brought historians, filmmakers, and educators Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer, of St. John’s University, to come to UCSC for a free, public screening of their movie.

In anticipation of that event, Latin American and Latino Studies, Professor Sylvanna Falcón spoke with them on KZSC’s Artists on Art. Professor Falcón’s research and teaching interests in the areas of human rights, transnational feminism, and racism/anti-racism gave way to an insightful conversation.

imgresThe event,”Ghosts of Amistad: Screening and Q&A with Philip Misevich and Konrad Tuchscherer“, took place, Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:00-8:30pm, Del Mar Theatre (1124 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz). After the screening, Professors Misevich and Tucsherer joined UC Santa Cruz’s David Anthony and Greg O’Malley in a conversation about forced migration.

Their movie, “Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels,” is the 2016 winner of the American Historical Association’s John E. O’Connor Film Award.

Please click on the play button below to hear their interview.

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Sylvanna Falcon & Daniel Wirls

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Sylvanna Falcon, Daniel Wirls, and Nada Miljkovic on KZSC’s Talkabout News and Call-in Show

On July 20, 2016, I had the pleasure of subbing KZSC’s Talkabout with, Sylvanna Falcon, Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Department. We decided to do a show about the Republican National Convention after, Professor of Politics, Daniel Wirls, agreed to come on the show. Both Sylvanna and Daniel are UCSC Professors and have offices near one another in Merrill.

wirls-danielThe show went really well. Sylvanna had an excellent list of questions that Daniel answered fully and eloquently. We had quite a number of call-ins from the community with great questions.

The conversation started with a reflection on the RNC, particularly the rhetoric and tone, then segued to military spending and ending with the qualifications to look for in a president-elect.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Daniel will be participating in a UCSC Institute of Humanities Research event this fall, just before the election, on Anger in Politics: From the Bard to the Donald (with Sean Keilen and Debbie Gould). This is a subject I know I’ll be needing some help with.

To hear our entire show, press the play button below.

Marga Gomez

Screen Shot 2016-06-03 at 2.59.47 PMGLAAD Award-winning solo performer, educator and artist, Marga Gomez came onto Artists on Art June 1st to talk about her latest bawdy new solo comedy “POUND.”

In “POUND”, Marga plays a cast of characters in a spoof on lesbians in film. Directed by David Schweizer and presented by Santa Cruz Fringe Productions

There will two shows, Friday & Saturday, June 10th and June 11th at 8pm at the Broadway Playhouse, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz, CA. Tickets on sale now www.brownpapertickets.com

Limited seating. Advance tickets advised. $20 advance or $25 at the door if available.

Due to graphic language, no one under 18 admitted.

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Will Durst

13323326_10154918935964535_3164406814251109362_oOn May 25th, San Franciscan stand-up comedian and political satirist, Will Durst came onto Artists on Art to talk about his latest one-person show, Elect to Laugh: 2016 on June 4th at the Vet’s Hall.

Elect To Laugh: 2016 with Will Durst is a brand- new, hysterical, one- man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious 80-minute production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Bernie Sanders’ lead staffer’s latest tweet.

12987141_984016668301850_6437878304734826097_nWill Durst will be in town for one show only, Saturday, June 4 at 7:30pmAT Santa Cruz Veterans Memorial Building, 846 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now www.brownpapertickets.com.

some rich asshole says he wants to run the country like a business, which is worrisome, because he looks like the kind of guy who would burn it down for the insurance.”  

To hear our interview, please click on the play button below.

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