Documenting Nuclear Afterlives: A conversation with three film directors
Oct
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Documenting Nuclear Afterlives: A conversation with three film directors

Cosponsored by the Wolf Humanities Center, the Cinema and Media Studies Program, the South Asia Center, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.

Join us for extended excerpts, chosen by the directors themselves, from these recent documentaries about people living in unwanted intimacy with nuclear reactors and radiation in different parts of the world. Some of these reactors, like the one in Fukushima have witnessed an absolute nuclear fallout while the power plant in Three Mile Island experienced a partial meltdown. Communities in the tsunami affected coastline of Southern India are protesting the construction of Russian technology based atomic power plants because they anticipate Fukushima, they speculate an about-to-come Chernobyl.

After the screening, the directors will discuss their work and the troubled histories and afterlives of nuclear power plants with professors Siyen Fei (Penn History), Rahul Mukherjee (Penn Cinema and Media),and Noriko Manabe (Temple Music).

Furusato (dir. Thorsten Trimpop, 2016)
A teen rocker, a media-savvy activist, a conflicted TEPCO engineer, and a female horse breeder cope with the loss of their homes and the unseen danger of radiation in Fukushima’s exclusion zone.

Nuclear Hallucinations (dir. Fathima Nizaruddin, 2016)
Satirical impersonations, performance and ironic renderings of jingoistic rhetoric work together to form a narrative that explores the tragic absurdity of constructing nuclear power plants in Koodankulam, a place on a tsunami affected coast of South India.

SAFSTOR (dir. Adam Diller, 2016)
This experimental ethnographic short film contrasts the physical presence of the Three Mile Island power plant with the memories of local residents of the partial meltdown in 1979.

Free and open to the public. Pre-registration requested.

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A Period of Animate Existence
Sep
22
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Period of Animate Existence

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Children, elders, and machines contemplate the future in a time of dire predictions and rapid technological change in this work of symphonic theater conceived by composer/filmmaker Troy Herion, scenic designer Mimi Lien, and director Dan Rothenberg.

How do we contemplate the future in such a perilous time, an era called the “Sixth Extinction,” when up to 50 percent of all living species might die off? An inspired, large-scale melding of music, design, and theater, A Period of Animate Existence investigates the intense, unnamable emotions that arise in a time of extinction.

Pig Iron brings together three generations of choirs, a chamber orchestra, and physical actors in an epic synthesis of original music and theater, played out over five movements. The company’s largest production to date features more than 80 performers including The Crossing, Contemporaneous, and members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale and Philadelphia Girls Choir, and Philomusica. 

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PennDesign Lecture: Timothy Morton
Sep
18
6:30pm 6:30pm

PennDesign Lecture: Timothy Morton

Timothy Morton is Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University. He gave the Wellek Lectures in Theory in 2014 and has collaborated with Björk, Olafur Eliasson, Haim Steinbach and Pharrell Williams. He is the author of Dark Ecology: For a Logic of Future Coexistence(Columbia, 2016), Nothing: Three Inquiries in Buddhism (Chicago, 2015), Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World(Minnesota, 2013), Realist Magic: Objects, Ontology, Causality (Open Humanities, 2013), The Ecological Thought (Harvard, 2010), Ecology without Nature (Harvard, 2007), eight other books and 180 essays on philosophy, ecology, literature, music, art, architecture, design and food. Blog: http://www.ecologywithoutnature.blogspot.com. Twitter: @the_eco_thought

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Sep
7
8:45am 8:45am

PPEH Faculty Working Group (Weigle Seminar Room Van Pelt Library)

For this first meeting in 2017-18 of the FWG, we want to hear about as many of the EH courses our members teach as possible. If you like, make a slide for a brief presentation to the group. (If you'd like that visual included on the PPEH website, send it to director@ppehlab.org.) If you prefer to present without a slide, that's ok too; just send us a note. 

This meeting, like all meetings of the FWG, is open to Penn faculty and invited regional faculty. Let us know at director@ppehlab.org if you'd like an invite!

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