Conversation: Richard Walker and Seth Lunine
Complementing Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California, two UC Berkeley cultural geographers, Professor Emeritus Richard Walker and Dr. Seth Lunine, discuss themes integral to the exhibition, which was organized by Lunine’s students. They will address climate change and environmentalism, gentrification and the politics of urban transformation, Silicon Valley and technological innovation—and the significance of all these issues for the education, politics, and everyday lives of undergraduates.
Richard Walker taught in the UC Berkeley geography department from 1975 to 2012. He has written on a wide range of topics, including economic geography, urban studies, environmental history, and political economy. He is the author or coauthor of works including The Capitalist Imperative, The New Social Economy, The Conquest of Bread, The Country in the City, The Atlas of California, and Pictures of a Gone City. He is currently the director of the Living New Deal, a public service project documenting the legacy of the New Deal era.
Seth Lunine received his BA and PhD in geography at UC Berkeley, where he is currently a lecturer. He is a human geographer with broad interests in urban cultures and economies in California and the West. He was recently a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow and is currently an Adobe Fellow and a Chancellor’s Public Scholar. Lunine is also active in the UC Berkeley American Cultures Engaged Scholarship Program.