Please join the Capps Center for an evening of insight, provocation, and humor with Patricia Limerick. Among her many contributions to scholarly and civic life, for decades, Professor Limerick has been committed to the work of fostering community engagement, persistently transgressing boundaries that isolate universities from their publics. Along the way, she has modeled best practices for staging and sustaining hard conversations that matter. Among Limerick’s notable achievements is a consistent record of enfranchising undergraduate students in this endeavor.
Capps Center Director Greg Johnson will interview Professor Limerick about some of the successes, pitfalls, and surprises of her public-oriented work at the Center of the American West. Issues of relevance to the UCSB and Santa Barbara communities will be addressed, including struggles over water and energy resource management, modern Indian identities, and the well-being of student veterans—all topics around which Professor Limerick has brought diverse and often opposing groups into dialogue, foregrounding a practice of presence and an ethic of accountability.