MSUM faculty are invited to join UC Davis American Studies professor Julie Sze for an on-campus lunchtime faculty dialogue on Wednesday, March 28 from noon-1:30 p.m. The topic of this dialogue will be academic/community connections related to her environmental justice work with the 25 Stories from the Central Valley project.

From the project website, 25 STORIES FROM THE CENTRAL VALLEY uses photos, stories and theater to paint a vivid picture of the environmental toxins that “the other California” lives with every day. Women leaders give us a window into the little-known lives of people who are making this region safer for everyone. Their stories are shocking, sad, and inspiring. Above all, they will broaden your understanding of the Central Valley, community change, and the necessity for civic engagement. 

More about Dr. Sze:  Julie Sze is an Associate Professor of American Studies at UC Davis. She is also the founding director of the Environmental Justice Project for UC Davis’ John Muir Institute for the Environment. and in that capacity is the Faculty Advisor for 25 Stories from the Central Valley. Sze’s book, Noxious New York: The Racial Politics of Urban Health and Environmental Justice, won the 2008 John Hope Franklin Publication Prize, awarded annually to the best published book in American Studies. Sze’s research investigates environmental justice and environmental inequality; culture and environment; race, gender and power; and community health and activism. She has published on a wide range of topics such as energy and air pollution activism; toxicity; the cultural politics of the Hummer, and on environmental justice novels and cultural production.

Any faculty is welcome, but because we are providing lunch, you must RSVP by next Thursday March 8 if you plan to attend.  If you would like to attend, please email Kim Park Nelson at and indicate whether you’d prefer a salad or a sandwich. Please also note any dietary restrictions. After the RSVP deadline, I will send a confirmation along with the event details.

I hope you can join us for this engaging dialogue. Please contact Kim Park Nelson if you have any questions about this event.