The Writing the World Symposium brings together community members, students and faculty in conversations about issues in literacy, ecology and social justice, including ethnic studies in Tucson, health care access, immigration reform and climate change. The free symposium is set for Thursday, April 19-Friday, April 20.

A screening of the film "Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction" and discussion with renowned ecopsychologist Allen D. Kanner kick off the symposium on Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. in the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education theater. The film and discussion address the psychological effects of climate change and the role we can and should play in preventing it.

Thursday and Friday events include luncheon keynote speakers and student- and community-led panels 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Student Union Building, ballroom A. Topics include the DREAM Act, health care and language, writing in a second language, the intersection of natural and cultural texts, community journalism, reflective writing at the School of Medicine and more.

Kanner also delivers a luncheon keynote address, "Occupy the Intersection: Large-Scale Systemic Change & Personal Growth," at noon on Thursday. He helped establish the field of ecopsychology as co-editor of Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. Within ecopsychology Kanner has focused on consumerism, technology and globalization, co-editing Psychology and Consumer Culture: The Struggle for a Good Life in a Materialistic World, and co-founding the advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.