Film Screening – “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest” – 10/29/14

DeFriestA film screening of “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest” followed by a conversation with its director, Gabriel London

Date and time:
October 29, 2014 at  6pm

EDU 1111 (Bldg. #3)

This event is free and open to the public. The film centers on DeFriest, known as “Florida’s Houdini,” a prison escape artist whose original four-year sentence has spiraled into more than 30 years imprisonment with no end in sight. As DeFriest’s tale unfolds, the film explores the constructions of criminality, mental illness and justice in the criminal justice system. London’s directorial vision utilizes an innovative blend of live action and animation storytelling that provides a captivating lens into “The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest.” The Critical Justice Studies Working Group is collaborative research group that studies justice from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

The film screening is presented by the Critical Justice Studies Working Group and co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Society, and Culture; the Department of Criminology, Law & Society; and the Newkirk Center for Science & Society. For more information about the film, please go to

The Fundamental Clash Between Humanity’s Goal of Safe Food Procurement and Current Global Approaches to Farming and Food Production- 9/30/14

: Patrick Holden, CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Food Trust
Date: September 30, 2014
Location/Time: UCI University Club,
801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine 92697
7:30 p.m.


This lecture is part of UC Irvine’s “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series. The lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so rsvps are requested.

To RSVP, click here.

Patrick Holden believes that there is a fundamentally important link between the method of food production, going right back to soil management, and the resulting health of plants, animals and people. This fundamental link extends to any particular food production system. He believes that these connections have been overlooked in policy-making circles.   He further believes that a compelling case exists for redesigning food systems in such a manner that they can make a significant contribution to promoting public health, and to avoiding some of the enormous costs associated with the negative health externalities of the present global system.

 Patrick Holden Bio:
Holden trained in Biodynamic Farming at Emerson College in Sussex. His 250 acre mixed hill farm near Lampeter is now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales, producing a raw milk cheddar style cheese from the milk of 70 Ayrshire dairy cows.

Having served as Director of the Soil Association between 1995 and 2010, he established a new organization, The Sustainable Food Trust, which works to promote increased international cooperation between those working in the field of sustainable agriculture.

He is also International Ambassador of the Soil Association, is a member of the UK Government’s Foresight International Food Security Working Group, an advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and Patron of the Bio-dynamic Agricultural Association, Living Earth Land Trust and the Soil Association Land Trust. For his service to organic farming, he was recognized in 2005 as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Among his current initiatives is “True Cost Accounting in Food and Farming”. This initiative resulted in an international conference on December 6, 2013 which brought together world-leaders from across food, farming, conservation, research, finance and government policy. The work of the conference was to investigate why the current global economic system makes it more profitable to produce food in ways that damage the environment and human health, instead of rewarding methods of food production which result in safe and sustainable food procurement.