University of California, Riverside


CHASS First: Sustainability 2011-2012

Undergrad students

The First-Year Experience in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences can helps students define their path towards achieving academic, career and life goals through a broad range of academic experiences. These can help students excel in their collegiate education, both at UCR and beyond.


entering First year CHASS students will read “Economy” from Walden by Henry Thoreau as part of Highlander orientation, Summer 2011.

Courses: 2014
  • CHASS Connect: Science Fiction and Social Change
  • Instructor: Nalo Hopkinson, Creative Writing, INTS 4151
  • Theme: Future of Sustainability 
Past Lecture Series
  1. Institutionalizing Sustainability by Dr. John Cook 
    • October 4, 2011 - 2:15pm - 3:15pm at INTN 1113
2011 Film Series

Food film series

FALL 2011

10/4Tapped (Dir. Stephanie Soechtig) 76 min., 2009.

  • Room: INTN 1128 at 7:00 PM

“From the plastic production to the ocean in which so many of these bottles end up, this inspiring documentary trails the path of the bottled water industry and the communities which were the unwitting chips on the table. A powerful portrait of the lives affeced by te bottled water industry, this revelatory film features those cuaght at the interscetion of big business and the public’s right to water.” (DVD jacket).

 Introduction and discussion with John Cook, UCR Campus Sustainability Coordinator

10/25 - The World According to Monsanto (Dir. Marie-Monique Robin). 109 min., 2008.

“Monsanto’s controversial past cobines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attemted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer (and patent) the world’s food supply. … Combingin secret docuemnts with first-hand accoutns by victimes, scintists, and politicians, this widely praised film exposes why Monsanto has become the world’s poster child for malignant corporate influence in government and technology.” (DVD jacket).

Introduction and discussion with Prof. Michael Allen, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology

11/15 - Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? (Dir. Taggart Siegel), 2011.

This award-winning documentary “examines the dire global bee crisis through the eyes of biodynamic beekeepers, scientists, farmers, and philosophers. On a pilgrimage around the world, the film unveils 10,000 years of beekeeping, highlighting how our historic and sacred relationship with bees has been lost due to highly mechanized industrial practices. Featuring Michael Pollan, Vandana Shiva, Gunther Hauk and beekeepers from around the world, this engaging, alarming and ultimately uplifting film weaves together a dramatic story that uncovers the problems and solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.” (Dvd jacket).

Introduction and discussion with Hassan Ghamlouch, Director of Housing and Bee Keeper


1/17 - Cool It (Dir. Bjorn Lomborg), 88 min., 2010.

“Are the staggeringly expensive actions now being considered really helping to save the world – or are we just buring money? In this eye-opening documentary, author Bjorn Lomborg asks us to question the facts and the solutions .why in the world are we spending so much money on “green” initiaties … for such little gain? Are there better ways to solve the problems? How else could that money be spent? No matter what our opinions are on the environmetal movement, Cool It is an “engrossing” film (The New York Times) that asks us to rethin our polarized views. After all, nothing less than the planet is at stake.”

Introduction and discussion with Prof. Anil Deolalikar, Professor of Economics and Associate Dean of CHASS

2/21 - Crude (Dir. Joe Berlinger) 104 min., 2009.

Crude tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the plant: the infamous $27 billion “Amazon Chernobyl” lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest Indians in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron. “a riveting, highstakes drama steeped in global politics, the envrionmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power and… indigenous cultures.”

Introduction and discussion with Dr. Freya Schiwy, Media and Cultural Studies Department.



4/17 - Who Killed the Electric Car? (Dir. Chris Paine) 93 min., 2006.

“Running solely on electricity, General Motors’ fleet of EV-1 electric vehicles were so efficient, they were on the brink of altering the future of driving in America – perhaps even in the world. Those lucky enough to drive one gave it glowing reviews. So shy were they all destroyed? Narrated by Martin Sheen… Who Killed the Electric Car? Is a murder mystery like no other, as it unravels the puzzling demise of a vehichle that culd have saved the environment and America’s dangeours addition to foreign oil.” (DVD jacket).

Introduction and discussion with TBA

5/22 - Drowned Out (Dir. Fanny Armstrong) 82 min., 2002.

"Shot over three years, Drowned Out tells the true story of one family's inspired stand against the destruction of their land, homes and culture. The 75 minute no-budget, no-electricity, no-Hindi documentary has been seen by more than 14 million people. Three choices. Move to the slums in the city, relocate to a barren resettlement site with no drinking water or stay at home and drown. The people of Jalsindhi in central India must make a decision fast. In the next few weeks their village will disappear underwater as the giant Narmada Dam fills. Bestselling author Arundhati Roy joins the fight against the dam and asks the difficult questions. Will the water go to poor farmers or to rich industrialists? What happened to the 16 million people displaced by fifty years of dam building? Why should I care? Drowned Out follows the Jalsindhi villagers through hunger strikes, rallies, police brutality and a six year Supreme Court case. It stays with them as the dam fills and the river starts to rise. “ (official website) 

Introduction and discussion with Dr. Tabussum (Ruhi) Khan, Media and Cultural Studies Department.

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