Author and environmentalist T.A. Barron has generously donated $500,000 to establish endowed fund for environmental leadership in the humanities. The Barron Fund will help provide first- and second-year students with ways to explore environmental advocacy through the lens of liberal arts education.
“Environmental advocacy is above all else an act of persuasion,” said John Majewski, the Michael Douglas Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts at UCSB. “Given all the ways in which our culture communicates about significant and important issues — including literature, music, film and the arts — the humanities have a vital role in addressing the critical environmental issues that now confront us.”
With more than 70 faculty members who teach courses that address issues in the environmental humanities, UCSB already is an international leader in the field, with a growing focus in undergraduate curriculum. The campus has a range of related programming, from the English department’s Literature and the Environment Center, to the Environmental/Climate Justice Hub based at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies.