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Beth Stephens and Annie Sprinkle, Dirty Sexecology: 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth
Beth Stephens, Annie Sprinkle - 25 Ways to Make Love to the Earth

Creativity and Research abound at UC Santa Cruz.

Our campus is home to a remarkable group of artists and scholars with research interests ranging from monster studies to climate change, the environment, and sustainability – from games and playable media to questions of racial equity and social justice. Here you can explore our special research initiatives, spaces for public engagement, and faculty-led research centers, and take a deep dive into the work being produced by our faculty and students.

Special Initiatives

The ARI Art and Oppression initiative aims to strengthen freedom of expression, combat censorship and support a multifaceted engagement with issues related to freedom of expression, censorship, race, and representation. This series of funded programs includes a Visiting Artist program, Superheroes + Other Misfits; the bi-annual Slug Press Freedom of Expression Student Comics Competition; a themed graduate student teaching fellowship; and support for student research that engages with topics related to the Art and Oppression theme. For more information about funding opportunities associated with the Art and Oppression initiative, please visit the ARI grants page (link). The ARI Art and Oppression Initiative was launched in 2021 by Faculty Director Dee Hibbert-Jones with generous seed funding from Jim Gunderson and Peter Coha.