UO’s Initiative for Environmental Futures

I am pleased to be a part of the dynamic interdisciplinary work in environmental issues at the University of Oregon. The most exciting recent development is the launching of the Initiative for Environmental Futures–Environmental Humanities, Justice, and Culture at the University of Oregon by my advisor, the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English and Environmental Studies Stephanie LeMenager along with the Julie and Rocky Dixon Chair of U.S. Western History, Marsha Weisiger.

I am proud to be involved with this effort and excited about the diverse events on the horizon. Right now, we are in the process of developing a center, creating a variety of programs to bring graduate students and faculty in the environmental humanities from across the UO campus together, and meeting twice a month for work-in-progress talks and event planning. Find out more in the newsletter! The latest presentation was from Carla Bengston, the head of the Art department at UO, whose work centers around nonhuman actors to perform an intervention into the nature/culture divide. My current favorite is S.C.O.L.D.: Species Calling Out Climate Change Deniers – a project that trains crows to recognize and scold climate change deniers, and communicate to other crows to do the same!

If you are in the Boston area, go see my advisor – this year’s Radcliff Fellow at Harvard University – Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s talk at Harvard, “Weathering: Toward a Sustainable Humanities.” More information here.

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