Art Lecture Series: Dr. Sarah Maquette Ray
Dr. Sarah Maquette is Program Leader of their new Environmental Studies program at Humboldt State University. Ray’s interests include environmental justice, cultural studies, critical human geography, disability studies, and issues of power, identity, and discourses of nature.
As she engages with each, she is passionate about putting the topics in conversation with each other: “I think it’s valuable to have a variety of activisms dealing with environmental issues,” she explains. “Some people may wonder why we need to be thinking about issues of identity, discourse, and social justice when the planet is at stake, and I hear that critique often. But I think this rhetoric of urgency is problematic, and I genuinely believe that we’re not going to save that planet unless we do so in ways that incorporate—as central to, not just as a byproduct of—concerns of social justice.”