Ruxandra Guidi

"The Meaning of Refuge" at Fishtrap by Bear Guerra

Ruxandra is a contributing editor with High Country News, the almost-50-year-old national magazine about the West. Coming up later this month, she’ll be participating in “The Meaning of Refuge” at Winter Fishtrap in Josephy, OR, moderated by editor-in-chief, Brian Calvert:

“Is refuge for all living things something of a natural right? There are many interpretations of what "refuge" means in the West, from wildlife and plant refuge in climate change, the Malheur standoff and other threats to public lands. Join the High Country News Editorial staff for an in-depth exploration of "Refuge" in regards to the environment, our communities, and inward towards our own personal refuge.”

More on Winter Fishtrap, January 18-20, 2019, here.

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New Feature: A California Mayor Wants His Beach Town to Retreat From the Shore by Bear Guerra

“At the start of each year, Southern California gets a glimpse into a future of rising seas, through an annual event called the king tide. On that day, the sun, moon, and Earth align to create a heavy gravitational pull, leading to the highest tides of the year. If “king tide” sounds ominous, that’s because it is, particularly for a city like Imperial Beach, a small coastal town near the Mexican border surrounded by water on three sides: San Diego Bay to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the Tijuana River Delta to the south.”

Read the full feature in The Atlantic here.

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Chatting About Science & the Implications of Migration by Bear Guerra

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This Fall, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will join the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to produce a three-night conversation between the people of Los Angeles and the leading experts on migration. Looking across species and time, we strip away politics and nation-state boundaries to discover the causes and outcomes of migration for all life forms.

Join us October 18 (A New Home, The Effects of Migration) and November 1 (Los Angeles, A Migration Haven) for these live conversations, moderated by Ruxandra Guidi.

Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

An Audio Documentary Workshop in La Guajira, Colombia by Bear Guerra

Puente Consultorías’ Al Borde project invited Ruxandra to teach an audio documentary storytelling workshop in La Guajira, inside a Wayúu indigenous community on the Colombia-Venezuela border. The Spanish workshop was open to anyone, at any experience level. After a week running around, gathering interviews and other audio, we sat under the light of an almost-full moon amongst dozens of Wayúu children, men and women drinking chicha and listening to the sound-rich pieces.

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South of Fletcher Launches by Bear Guerra

Say hello to our new limited-run podcast, "South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie"!

It's the story of a seemingly nondescript piece of land in northeast LA -- a former rail yard that is set to become a park. But it's also a meditation on whose voices are heard in discussions about the future of a city, whose histories become part of our collective memory, and the traces we leave behind when landscapes are altered and neighborhoods change. Done in conjunction with (and with thanks to) LA-based arts organization, Clockshop.

Our accompanying photo and video exhibit will be up at Occidental College's Weingart Gallery until November 4. You're all invited for the opening this Thursday, September 13th, 5-8 pm. 

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