Friday, April 12, 2013 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
Corwin Pavilion


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FREE - Open to the Public - Attend One or All of the Sessions

This Rupe/Figuring Sea Level Rise conference is the culminating event of the Critical Issues in America: Figuring Sea Level Rise series.  Participants will discuss the human dimensions of risks and concerns of affected communities, and the challenges of using indigenous, mass media, and online media for communicating about Sea Level Rise. 

April 12, 2013 at Corwin Pavilion

9:00-9:30 am  Registration

9:30-9:45 am Welcome and Introductions

  • Dr. Ronald E. Rice, Arthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, Department of Communication, and Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center
  • Dr. Melvin L. Oliver, SAGE Sara Miller McCune Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters and Science
  • Dr. Janet Walker, Professor, Film and Media Studies Department
  • Roberta Reyes Cordero, JD, Coastal Chumash, Santa Barbara CA

Session 1  

9:45-10:45 am Dialogue: Indigenous Youth Confront Sea Level Rise

  • Ben Powless - Citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Ontario, Canada, Youth Liaison for the Indigenous Environmental Network 

Session 2  

11:00am-12:15 pm Affected Communities: Human Dimensions of Climate Change


  • Michael Williams, Chief of the Yupiit Nation, National Tribal Environmental Council Executive Committee, Mental Health counselor, Akiak, AK
  • Kalei Nu’uhiwa, Hawai’ian, Researcher & Curriculum developer, Practitioner of Papahulilani, First Stewards witness
  • Roberta Reyes Cordero, JD, Coastal Chumash, Santa Barbara CA


  • Georgiana Valoyce-Sanchez, Elder, Governing council of the Barbareno Chumash Council; Chair, Chumash Elders Women’s Council of the Wishtoyo Foundation

Session 3  

2:00 - 3:15 pm Responding to the Unknowable and Planning for the Future


  • Dr. Ronald E. RiceArthur N. Rupe Professor in the Social Effects of Mass Communication, Department of Communication, and Co-Director, Carsey-Wolf Center

Session 4  

3:30 - 4:45 pm Communicating Risk and Uncertainty

  • Dan Kahanthe Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law, and Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer, NOVA and NOVA scienceNOW, and Director, WGBH Science Unit, Boston


Figuring Sea Level Rise Sponsors

Figuring Sea Level Rise is the 2012-13 Critical Issues in America series, which is funded each year by UC Santa Barbara’s College of Letters and Science to discuss an important topic of contemporary concern or significance (

The Carsey-Wolf Center supports research, teaching, and public programming about media. The Center’s Environmental Media Initiative brings together environmental scientists with film and media scholars drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences to explore all of the ways media and the environment influence, structure, and inhabit each other (

The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation is dedicated to achieving positive social changes by shining light on critical and controversial issues (  The Arthur N. Rupe Chair in the Social Effects of Mass Communication organizes the biennial Rupe Conference (

NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center

Department of Film and Media Studies


Center for Information Technology and Society

Media Sponsor: KCSB 91.9 FM