Book Talk: Earth Matters on Stage: Ecology, Environment and American Theatre.
Theresa May, Department of Theater Arts, University of Oregon
Earth Matters on Stage (Routledge 2020) maps how theater in the US has reflected and responded to the nation’s environmental history during the 20th century. Beginning with plays & performances that forwarded the ecological violence of settler colonialism, through the important role of grassroots theater and the arts during the civil rights movements, to the present era of climate justice, the book argues that theater is a crucial tool of democracy, a place to embody the stories of relation that carry us toward a just, compassionate, and sustainable society. Or, as dramatist Monique Mojica (Kuna/Rappahannock) writes, a place to “spin possible worlds into being.”
Theresa May is Associate Professor in the Department of Theater Arts at the University of Oregon. In addition to this book, she is author of Salmon Is Everything: Community-Based Theatre in the Klamath Watershed and Greening Up Our Houses: A Guide to an Ecologically Sound Theatre.
Indigenous Peoples Day
The origins of Indigenous Peoples Day date back to 1989 when the South Dakota legislature passed legislation changing the second Monday in October from Columbus Day to Native American Day, celebrating the day for the first time in 1990. Two years later, in 1992, Berkeley, California, replaced Columbus Day by celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day. University of Oregon holds a flag raising ceremony in the EMU Amphitheater each October.
Film, lectures, workshops, theater, colloquiums, panels, and gatherings happen across campus and the community throughout November.
NASU meets regularly at the Longhouse and holds frybread fundraisers.
This College of Arts and Sciences department hosts speakers, films, colloquiums, and other events.
This annual event happens each May on campus. The 2021 version will be virtual. 2018 marked the 50th year and the powwow was honored with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation from Oregon State Parks.
NALSA holds occasional events.
Events subject to change.