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monday headliners

theme: sovereignty, reality, art, film, and data


All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). To learn more and RSVP, click on an individual event.


  • 9:15-10:15 AM
    Apr 18
    Welcome to tUrn6: Alternatives to the 6th Mass Extinction

    A yellow setting sun against a blue sky with wispy clouds and a distant line of birds flying by


    with tUrn Director Kristin Kusanovich

    Can we recover our sixth sense, wake up, reconnect to basic human impulses to create and connect, respect the only laws that matter, and forge a world where our children’s children might “be whole again without confusion?” (Frost

    What powers might we have to interfere positively and compassionately, to work, even if we are improvising, for all people’s liberation, and protect biodiversity in this era that need not be the 6th mass extinction? Take a little time to contemplate the chain of life that supports all existence, consider the smallest of creatures, and how our social and emotional well-being is bound up in standing up to discontinuities.

    Join tUrn Director Kristin Kusanovich for reflections on these questions and more as we embark on the 6th-ever interdisciplinary, intercultural, intergenerational and international tUrn Climate Crisis Awareness and Action Week at SCU and around the world.

  • 11:45 AM-12:45 PM
    Apr 18
    The River (1938): A Depression-era Documentary Film Screening & Discussion

    Title scene from the documentary with the words The River in block letters against a background of a river in black and white

    with Mark Larson

    A bountiful and beautiful land is exploited and tamed by the hands of man - but who pays? Director Pare Lorentz celebrates and questions the use of our great American waterways in the short film The River, and creates a timeless, foundational work of documentary filmmaking about erosion, flooding, and that era’s proposed solutions to soil-turned-to-dust. Join filmmaker and scholar Mark Larson for an in-depth look into this influential New Deal cinematic masterpiece with a score by Virgil Thompson! A spirited group discussion will follow the film.

  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    Apr 18
    Indigenous Sovereignty & Hip Hop

    Artists Supaman and Acosia Red Elk dancing outside with a sunset in the background

    SCU’s Native American Coalition for Change, led by STEM major Claire Alford, guests, & tUrn student researchers lay out a series of compelling advocacy campaigns that contemporary Indigenous groups and previous Indigenous tUrn speakers have brought to our attention.

    This is an active advocacy session and is a response to local and national calls for solidarity and action. Native and Black fusion hip hop performance videos from tUrn advisory council member Supaman and other artists will provide the throughline for this session to help stories come alive through poetry, sound, voice and place.

    Bring your laptop and/or phone and prepare to reflect and acknowledge past and present harms, and then learn how to do something about them.

  • 2:15-3:15 PM
    Apr 18
    Looking Up or Looking Down: Considering Climate Films

    The movie cover for the Netflix film Don't Look Up with the main characters on the right and the Earth in the background

    a tUrn + Gonzaga University presentation with Jim Simon & Kelsey Solberg

    Join us for a live podcast recording with an audience!

    Visiting sustainability champions team Jim Simon & Kelsey Solberg of Gonzaga’s Office of Sustainability navigate through allegorical climate films such as Don’t Look Up and elaborate on the interdependencies between the quest to admit and mitigate the climate crisis and the challenges of overcoming our ill-fated human capacity for indifference.

  • 4-5:30 PM
    Apr 18
    Responding to Our Climate Reality: Processing Facts and Making Meaning

    Painting featuring swirls and circles of various sizes in blues purples greys and red and detailed painting of a blue whale

    Photo via de Saisset, by John Wilson White.

    a tUrn + de Saisset Museum presentation

    Visual and performing artists respond to the science of the climate crisis, after Bay Area Climate Reality presenter Gary White, trained by former Vice-President Al Gore’s worldwide organization, paints a full picture of the interrelated climate events we are witnessing and explains how they are all linked.

    Kara Maria, whose exhibit is currently on display at de Saisset, Stephan Crawford with ClimateMusic Group (science + music + action) and choreographer Kristin Kusanovich, will share artistic responses to the science and to our climate reality, and discuss how art can beget action in the world.

    Kara Maria’s exhibit will be on display in the de Saisset for the in-person audience to view before or after this headliner, and through June 11.

  • 6-7:30 PM
    Apr 18
    Climate Impacts & Solutions: Understanding the IPCC Reports

    Puffy storm clouds that look teal against a white sky

    Speaker: Dana Nucitelli

    If the Earth could give us all a report card on whether we are meeting our goal to preserve a livable climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report might be it. Join Dana Nuccitelli, researcher for Citizens’ Climate Lobby, for a tour of the latest reports from the IPCC: what we should know about climate impacts and solutions, how we are faring, and what we can do to raise our grade.

  • 8:00-9:00 PM
    Apr 18
    Climate Action Power Hour

    Photoshopped photo of Eemon Ghasemiyeh and Emily Pachoud holding a banner in front of the state capitol building

    with Emily Pachoud ('23), Eemon Ghasemiyeh ('22), and Jim Simon (Gonzaga University)

    Reflect on the day, hear a summary of all of the great climate action advice, and flex some climate justice advocacy muscle in an atmosphere of supportive and committed people who have the courage to care.

  • 9:15-10:00 PM
    Apr 18
    Late Night Reflection and Student Peer Support

    Light bulb sitting on a desk dimly glows next to an open notepad

    with Lauren Kelley and Emma Somers

    After you do the fun hard work of the 8pm Power Hour, or if you are just needing a study break, enjoy hot cocoa at 9:15 pm and a simple and supportive format for sharing your feelings about your experiences with tUrn headliners today with trained facilitators from Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. Students only. No RSVP necessary. Just use your SCU ID to enter the library and come to the third floor.