HAA Cosponsored Event: Water Is Life

Event Date: 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 7:30pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 12:30pm to 6:30pm
Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:30am to 1:00pm

Event Price: 

All events are free and open to the campus community and the public.

The conference is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required in order to guarantee admission. Tickets will be available at 12:30 PM on Friday, May 12 at this page. Please plan to arrive by 12:15 PM to claim your seat.  After 12:15 PM, all remaining seats will be released to the standby line.

Event Contact: 

For general information: http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/waterislife

For more information about this event, please contact Claudio Fogu: cfogu@frit.ucsb.edu.


Ryan Vizzions, Defend the Sacred (An indigenous water protector on horseback sits face-to-face with a brigade of police officers), October 27, 2016 (© Ryan Vizzions)

Events at Standing Rock from April 2016 to February 2017 altered the media landscape, created new ways to protect the water and land, and launched a resurgence of indigenous-centered leadership. Join participants from the year-long encampment at Standing Rock, including two of the co-founders and some of the organizers of non-violent direct actions opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, and indigenous media makers to celebrate and discuss this unprecedented gathering and its relevance to our shared future.

For more about speakers and guests: http://www.carseywolf.ucsb.edu/standingrockguests

Wednesday May 17, 7:30 PM
Red Lightning Dome, UCSB Visitor Center Lawn
SCREENING: Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock with filmmaker Myron Dewey
Click here for information on this Tribeca-selected documentary. Seating will be on the grass; dress warmly and bring your own blanket!

Thursday May 18, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Red Lightning Dome, UCSB Visitor Center Lawn
WELCOME TO CAMP: A Presentation and Discussion with Johnnie Aseron, main facilitator at the Oceti Sakowin Camp Red Lightning Dome.

Click here for more information about this event, and other Dome Events.

Friday, May 19, 12:30 - 6:30 PM
Girvetz 1004
CONFERENCE: “Water Is Life: Standing with Standing Rock”

The conference will be live-streamed in the Red Lightning Dome to provide overflow seating.

12:30 PM:   Welcomes by Chumash elders and conference co-organizers

1:00-2:30 PM: “Protecting the Land and the Water”
   Moderator: Margaret McMurtrey
   Panelists: Mark Tilsen, Jasilyn Charger, and Inés Talamantez

3:00-4:30 PM: “Media”
   Moderator: Todd Darling
   Panelists: John Bigelow, Paula Antoine, and Myron Dewey

5:00-6:30 PM: “Decolonization and Indigenous-Centered Leadership”
   Moderator: Paula Antoine
   Panelists: Terrell Iron Shell, Joye Braun, and Michael Cordero

Saturday May 20, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Anisq’oyo Park (Isla Vista)
SILENT MARCH: Silent March to the Red Lightning Dome, followed by words from our Standing Rock guests and local Chumash leaders, prayer, music, and dance.

Water is Life is presented by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the American Indian & Indigenous Collective, the American Indian Student Association, the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation, the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and Red Lightning (http://redlightning.org/standingrock/), and has benefitted from the generous support of the following co-sponsors: the American Indian Graduate Student Association, the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Art, the Department of Asian American Studies, the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, the Comparative Literature Program, the Department of English, the Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Department of Environmental Studies, the Department of Feminist Studies, the Feminist Studies Hull Chair, the Department of Film & Media Studies, the Film & Media Studies Walker research fund, the Department of French & Italian, the Department of German & Slavic Studies, the German & Slavic Studies Weber research fund, the Department of History, the Department of History of Art & Architecture, the LGBTQ Studies Minor, the Mellichamp Global Dynamics Initiative, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, the Department of Political Science, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of Sociology, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Lupi research fund and the UCSB Faculty Association.