Wild Contagious Hope

Elin Kelsey
Author, University of Victoria School of Environmental Studies


Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

On World Ocean's Day, June 8 2014, Elin co-launched a twitter tag called #OceanOptimism. To her surprise, it went viral, engaging more than 90 million users with marine conservation successes to date. #Ocean Optimism is a harbinger of a collective hunger for hope. Drawing on inspiring examples from the Salish Sea and beyond, Elin chronicles the spectacular rise of this turn toward hope and why it is so unlikely - and so important - to an increasingly fractured world drowning in doom and gloom.

There will be a RECEPTION (w/Activism) immediately following Elin's talk in the Academic West Skybridge (4th floor AW).



Thursday 1/24:

  • Teaching with Hope - Faculty/Staff Workshop
    • Noon - 12:50 pm (light lunches provided)
    • Miller Hall Collaboration Space MH-102 
  • Reception and Activism following the Huxley Speaker Series talk
    • 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    • Academic West Skybridge AW-425

Friday 1/25:

  • Coffee, Tea and Snacks with Elin Kelsey
    • 8:30 - 9:30 am
    • Arntzen Hall AH-225
  • From Problem Identification to Solutions Orientation: Journalism for Hope Student WORKSHOP (Everyone Welcome)
    • Noon - 1:50 pm (light lunches provided)
    • Viking Union VU-565
    • Students have been discussing the grief they feel about the state of the planet; their lack of awareness of environmental solutions that are working; and, their lack of knowledge about how to reorient their own research beyond problem analysis towards solutions generation and amplification. This workshop will be an exercise in solutions journalism which will workshop a pedagogical approach as a means to explore how to engage university students from a hope and solutions orientation when talking about our relations to Earth.


These events are co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Sustainability, Equity & Justice Fund, the Red Fish School of Change, the Equal Opportunity Office and the Associated Students.


The Winter, 2019 Huxley Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Huxley College of the Environment and WWU's Salish Sea Institute, presenting a 10-week series on issues facing the Salish Sea.


photo of Elin Kelsey

Dr. Elin Kelsey is a leading spokesperson for hope and the environment. An award-winning author and environmental consultant, she currently serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and has been awarded prestigious fellowships, including a Rockefeller fellowship and a Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society fellowship, to explore intersections of hope and the environment in interdisciplinary think tanks devoted to world changing ideas. See Elin Kelsey & Co.

Bubble-like mass hovers over Bellingham Bay in background during sunset

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More Information

The Huxley Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

Location & Time

Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30 pm in the Academic Center West (AW-204) on the WWU campus in Bellingham, WA.


Complimentary parking for the Huxley Speaker Series is available in Parking Lot 12A after 4:00 on Thursdays during Winter quarter.


WWU is an equal opportunity institution.

For more information or disability accommodation contact stefan.


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