We went to Alaska because it was a window into the former abundance of our Oregonian home. Science & Memory 2014 was about searching for connections within the intersections of Oregon and Alaska. We discovered those bonds in wildlife and individuals, environment and stories.

Science & Memory 2015 is the second expedition in this on going project. We gathered journalists and strategists dissatisfied with the way the media has described what it means to live here and what we all might want for our world. The goal for this year is to make those beautiful connections useful for starting a bigger conversation about climate change.

We want to make it clear that we are not experts in these fields of research. We are students and academics still in the learning process. However, we are eager to study through observation, inquisition and exploration of what we can do to improve our odds. Because, while our planet’s fortunes may seem grim, we refuse to be indifferent or lose hope.What you’ll read and see here is an earnest grapple with complexity and a desire to bring human connection to abstract concepts.

Please contact us with any questions or comments.

Mark Blaine mblaine@uoregon.edu
Torsten Kjellstrand torstenk@uoregon.edu
Dan Morrison danmor@uoregon.edu
Deb Morrison debmor@uoregon.edu

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
–T.S. Eliot