Many conversations in environmental humanities involve selecting and interpreting scientific data, then adding contributions from humanities fields to that quantitative base. Our symposium asks what happens when the equation is flipped—when we assume that many environmental issues start with the humanities. What questions are we best positioned to pose, and to explore? How can scientists help us, instead of the other way around? How are the humanities particularly suited to explore issues of environmental justice at the intersection of creative and critical practice? The symposium will explore these questions through interdisciplinary panels, workshops, and a reading by poet Cecily Parks. All symposium events are free and open to the public. To register please click here.
All seminars will be held in Wilson Hall 142
Saturday, April 8
Breakfast available at 8:30am
Introductory Remarks: Stephanie Bernhard, UVA
9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Seminar: Critical Cartography
Ademide Adelusi-Adeluyi, UC Riverside
Ross Donihue, Maps for Good
Moderator: Jim Igoe, UVA
11:00a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Seminar: African American Environmentalisms
Vanessa Fabien, Brown University
Tony Perry, University of Maryland
Moderator: Mary Kuhn, UVA
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch and exhibit of presenters’ art and literature
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Seminar: Ecology and Design
Manuel Lerdau, UVA
Joe Trumpey, University of Michigan
Moderator: Beth Meyer, UVA
3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Workshop: Changing Climate Language
Noah Deich, Center for Carbon Removal
Grace Nosek, University of Vancouver
Katherine Gloede, UVA
Drew Silverman, Apex Clean Energy
Respondent: Matthew Oreska, UVA
Keynote Reading to be held in Minor Hall 125
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Light Reception in the Minor Hall Lobby
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Reading: Cecily Parks
Introduced by: Amie Whittemore
with a special appearance by Ann Fisher-Wirth
Sunday, April 9
Breakfast available at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Seminar: Rethinking Slow Violence
Daniel Brayton, Middlebury College
Rahul Mukherjee, University of Pennsylvania
Moderator: Debjani Ganguly, UVA
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Seminar: Indigenous Environmental Justice
Darren Ranco, University of Maine
Kyle Powys Whyte, Michigan State University
Moderator: Karenne Wood, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Closing Remarks: Carly Griffith, Center for Cultural Landscapes