University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Program Schedule

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

9:00 a.m. 
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

12:15 p.m. 

Closing Remarks: Carly Griffith, Center for Cultural Landscapes