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Coastal Communities and Justice

As part of the Glasscock Center’s Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative, this series of virtual events explores issues concerning environmental justice, energy, community, climate change, and forms of resilience in coastal areas in Texas and beyond. We are collaborating with the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center to present this series.

 Seadrift (2019) film screening

Directed by Tim Tsai and winner of numerous awards, including the 2019 Texas Visionary Award and Best Documentary feature at the Indie and Foreign Film Festival 2019.

“In 1979, a Vietnamese refugee shoots and kills a white crab fisherman at the public town docks in Seadrift, TX. What began as a dispute over fishing territory erupts into violence and ignites a maelstrom of boat burnings, KKK intimidation, and other hostilities against Vietnamese refugees along the Gulf Coast. Set during the early days of Vietnamese arrival in the U.S. Seadrift is a feature documentary that examines the circumstances that led up to the shooting and its dramatic aftermath, and reveals the unexpected consequences that continue to reverberate today.”

Timothy Tsai

Please RSVP for a free link to view the film, which will be available one week before the Q&A event on October 22. Additional viewing options here:


Thursday, October 22, 5:00-6.30pm  Seadrift film: Discussion and Q&A with Directors
Event Flyer (pdf)

Chair: Emily Brady (Glasscock Center/Philosophy, Texas A&M)

Thao Ha

Tim Tsai, Seadrift Director

Thao Ha, Seadrift Associate Director and Professor of Sociology, MiraCosta College

Click here to view the recorded event.



Wildlife refuge near refineries on gulf coast.

Friday, October 30, 12:00-1:30pm  Coastal Communities and Justice Roundtable

Event Flyer (pdf)

Chair: Michelle Meyer (Director, Hazard and Reduction Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Deidra D. Davis (Landscape and Urban Planning, Texas A&M)

Clare Palmer (Philosophy, Texas A&M)

Carlee Purdum (Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, Texas A&M)

Joy Semien (Urban and Regional Science/HRRC, Texas A&M)

Click here to view the recorded event.

Michelle Meyer

Deidra Davis

Clare Palmer







Carlee Purdum

Joy Semien







Friday, November 6, 1:00-2:30pm

Leslie Mabon

“Coastal communities, major environmental change, and inherent resilience: insights from the Fukushima coast”

Event Flyer (pdf)

Leslie Mabon (Marine Social Science, Scottish Association for Marine Science-University of the Highlands and Islands)

Chair: Emily Brady

Dr. Mabon's talk will be based on this recently published paper.

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These events are presented by the Glasscock Center's Humanities: Land Sea Space initiative and the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University.


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