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Time and Location

Thursday, October 28 at 4:00 pm PDT Virtual Experience

What is Biocultural Diversity?

Join us for an evening of presentations and conversations with students, artists, and scholars investigating the ways language, culture and nature exist in an adaptive, interwoven socio-ecological relationship that influences and affects human society and the more than human world.


  • The Bureau of Linguistical Reality, San Francisco, who will make new words with audience members to describe life in the Anthropocene
  • Kristina Lee Podesva, Bellingham, presents a multi-lingual, multi-media work
  • WILLIAM John, X’welwelat’se, Lummi Elder, shares concepts and values that sustain First Nations Coast Salish people
  • Joe Milutis, Seattle, presents on the Ecology of Jokes
  • Anita Chang, San Francisco, describes her work around Language Revitalization and Media Activism
  • Luisa Maffi, co-founder and Director Terralingua, Salt Spring Island, BC speaking on her research and work around Biocultural Diversity.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.