Invitation to UO Environmental Humanities Sympsium

We’re writing to invite you to a symposium hosted by the College of Arts and Science on Environmental Humanities.  We’ve invited two speakers—Gregg Mitman, Founding Director of the Center for Culture, History, and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin, and Bethany Wiggin, Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania—to speak about their environmental humanities initiatives and talk with us about the past, present, and future of the environmental humanities.

The symposium will be held on January 22, 2016, from 10:00-noon and 1:00-4:30 in the Knight Library Browsing Room.  In addition to the morning talks and discussion with the audience, there will be two afternoon panels with our guest speakers and University of Oregon colleagues Adell Amos, Mark Carey, Torsten Kjellestand, Stephanie LeMenager, Andrew Marcus, Brook Muller, Paul Peppis, Marsha Weisiger, Richard York:

Afternoon Panel 1: The Futures of Environmental Humanities

The interdisciplinary field of the environmental humanities has given us new ways of thinking about the humanities as applied knowledge that may help us toward sustainable futures.  The environmental humanities seeks partnerships with the social and natural sciences to intervene in our most pressing problems, including global climate change, mass species extinction, population growth, social inequity, urbanization, and globalization.  How might we position the environmental humanities at UO such that they can make essential contributions alongside other modes of inquiry?

Afternoon Panel 2: Building the Environmental Humanities at UO

Any successful UO center, program, or initiative requires crucial investments in infrastructure and management.  This session discusses a variety of key program issues and questions, including organizational structure and administration, funding and donor relations, the selection of special projects and programs in the environmental humanities, the involvement of colleagues outside the humanities, and the involvement of students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

We hope you will be able to join the discussion on January 22. 

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