Between a Boat and a Green Place: Performance Open to the Public
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Between a Boat and a Green Place: Performance Open to the Public

How does the Anthropocene change what we mean by history, and how we tell stories? Theater director Anisa George and writer Gillian Osborne team up with actors from Philadelphia's experimental theater community for an unruly evening of blind dates between poetry and performance at Wetlands. We'll be playing with ideas of time: from the minutes it takes a flower to unfold in Bartram's 18th-century garden to the millions of years fossil fuels lay buried in the earth.

This performance is open to the general public! Please reserve tickets here. 

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Public Boating & Listening School at Wetlands
Apr
30
11:00 AM11:00

Public Boating & Listening School at Wetlands

It is opening day at the Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse. Our public boating is free with no registration required. Rowboats and kayaks are available to the public for 30 minute excursions on Tidal Schuylkill River. After boating, interested river explorers  are welcome onto Wetlands to artist Katie Bachler’s Listening School.  Listening School is a mobile structure for learning and sharing ideas about healing and the meaning of the places we inhabit.  The focus on this session will be on the tidal Schuylkill River.

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Between a Boat and a Green Place: Invite Only Performance
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Between a Boat and a Green Place: Invite Only Performance

How does the Anthropocene change what we mean by history, and how we tell stories? Theater director Anisa George and writer Gillian Osborne team up with actors from Philadelphia's experimental theater community for an unruly evening of blind dates between poetry and performance at Wetlands. We'll be playing with ideas of time: from the minutes it takes a flower to unfold in Bartram's 18th-century garden to the millions of years fossil fuels lay buried in the earth.

This event is invite only, as it coincides with Bartram's annual plant sale. The performance on Saturday, April 30th will be open to the public.

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Anthropocene Reading Group: Jussi Parikka
Apr
22
3:00 PM15:00

Anthropocene Reading Group: Jussi Parikka

The Anthropocene and Animal Studies Reading Group brings together a variety of scholars from different disciplines that are interested in pushing back against the centrality of the human in the humanities. For the upcoming meeting in April, the Anthropocene Reading Group will discuss Jussi Parikka's article, "Earth Forces: Contemporary Land Arts, Technology and New Materialist Aesthetics," Cultural Studies Review 21.2 (Sept 2015): 47-75.

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Slought Foundation: Care of the City
Apr
18
6:30 PM18:30

Slought Foundation: Care of the City

Slought is pleased to announce "Care of the City," a conversation on Monday, April 18, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm with Michael Stone-Richards and others about caring and the routines of habit which establish spaces as livable. The program will begin with a short presentation by Stone-Richards, followed by conversation with Bethany Wiggin and Jean-Michel Rabaté.

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River landscapes of the Wetland Boat
Apr
17
3:30 PM15:30

River landscapes of the Wetland Boat

Teaching artist Heather Rinehart will welcome artists of ages aboard to learn the basics of landscape painting on the water. Be sure to take advantage of this unusual opportunity to create beautiful Schuylkill landscape paintings from a unique perspective! Life jackets, safety instruction and transportation from the dock to the boat will be provided by Bartram’s Riverfront staff. 

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Cinema Studies Wolf 2016 Conference: Circulation
Apr
15
to Apr 16

Cinema Studies Wolf 2016 Conference: Circulation

In what ways can we think of media as circulatory systems? Circulation could be an important modality to conceptualize media as digital devices condition us to experience media as environment, minerals and metals in “nature” get embedded in media objects, and environmental effects of storing digital data become part of topical conversations. Media help circulate information, gossip, and entertainment, and are key to formation of networks, assemblages, and publics. The conference thinks through concepts that empirically engage with distribution systems, speculative algorithms, and affective platforms, which create new affordances for producers and consumers of media. 

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Dr. Gregg Mitman Keynote Lecture: Engagement
Apr
14
4:30 PM16:30

Dr. Gregg Mitman Keynote Lecture: Engagement

On Thursday, April 14th from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Max Kade Center (3401 Walnut St, Room 329A), Dr. Gregg Mitman will give a keynote lecture, "A Liberian Journey: Notes from the Field on Environmental Humanities and Engagement." Immediately following the keynote, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi (Penn Professor of Sociology & Africana Studies) will join the discussion and lead a Q&A with the audience about scholarly engagement. This event is co-sponsored by PPEH, Africana Studies, and Cinema Studies. Join us!

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Visioning Meeting: Creation of Public Collaborative Tours of the Lower Schuylkill River
Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

Visioning Meeting: Creation of Public Collaborative Tours of the Lower Schuylkill River

Seeking urban river enthusiasts interested in volunteering to become a Lower Schuylkill River Guide! Participants are sought for a collaborative project initiated by the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) to explore development of multi-modal public social-nature river-based tours of the Lower Schuylkill River (LSR), in southwest Philadelphia. A first phase of this project develops a corps of LSRiver Guides to lead kayak, bicycle, and/or walking tours of the river and its banks, with Bartram’s Garden (BG) as a central hub. Tour content would be collaboratively developed by the River Guides and affiliated organizations. 

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Environmental Humanities & Media: Special Guest Dr. Gregg Mitman
Apr
13
3:30 PM15:30

Environmental Humanities & Media: Special Guest Dr. Gregg Mitman

  • Kislak Center (6th Floor) Van Pelt Library (map)
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During his two day visit to Penn, Dr. Gregg Mitman will attend a special joint session of Dr. Bethany Wiggin's "Environmental Humanities: Theory, Methods, Practice" course and Dr. Rahul Mukherjee's "Environmental Media: Archaeology, Anthropology, Ecology" course. As a guest in these courses, Dr. Mitman will share his experience combining environmental humanities with film studies and practice. Following this meeting, there will be a screening of In the Shadow of Ebola that is open to the public

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Wilko Graf von Hardenberg: "Environmental Humanities in a Digital World"
Apr
13
10:30 AM10:30

Wilko Graf von Hardenberg: "Environmental Humanities in a Digital World"

PPEH is delighted to host Wilko Graf von Hardenberg, research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and editor of the excellent EH blog, Ant, Spider, Bee. Von Hardenberg will meet with PPEH Fellows to discuss the progress of their blog and the importance and challenges of bringing environmental scholarship to broader publics. 

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Philosophy & Engagement
Apr
8
to Apr 10

Philosophy & Engagement

  • 402 Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania (map)
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It’s often suggested that philosophy should do more to “engage” with the wider society in which it’s embedded. The suggestion raises questions as fascinating as they are important.

This conference brings together papers and presentations that address the full range of these questions, from the metaphilosophical to the practical, including presentations of practical efforts at engagement already underway. Ought philosophy be engaged, and to what extent? What should an engaged philosophy look like? And how can our discipline come close to that ideal?

The event is open to the entire Penn community, and to the public - attendance is warmly encouraged. 

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Two Lectures in Environmental Humanities by Dr. Frank Uekötter
Apr
4
to Apr 5

Two Lectures in Environmental Humanities by Dr. Frank Uekötter

  • 402 Cohen Hall and Max Kade Center, 329A (map)
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Join us for two talks in Environmental Humanities by Dr. Frank Uekötter. The first talk, "The Energy of Germany: Reflections on the Nuclear Exit and the Boom of Renewable Energy," will be held on Monday, April 4 at 5pm in 402 Cohen Hall. His second talk is "Germany's Gift to the World? Making Sense of the Legacy of Sustainable Forestry," and will be on Tuesday, April 5 from 10-12 in the Max Kade Center, 329A 3401 Walnut St (entrance next to Starbucks). 

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Sverker Sörlin Keynote: The Future of Humanity and the Future of the Humanities
Mar
29
4:00 PM16:00

Sverker Sörlin Keynote: The Future of Humanity and the Future of the Humanities

Sverker Sörlin is a professor of Environmental History at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. His work tackles the scientific politics of climate change through the lens of glaciology. Sörlin will give a keynote lecture that is open to the public on Planetary Infrastructure and the Anthropocene. This talk will be followed by a roundtable with UPenn faculty considering the topic, "The Future is _________."

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Anthropocene Reading Group: Isabelle Stengers
Mar
25
3:00 PM15:00

Anthropocene Reading Group: Isabelle Stengers

The Anthropocene and Animal Studies Reading Group brings together a variety of scholars from different disciplines that are interested in pushing back against the centrality of the human in the humanities. For the upcoming meeting in March, the Anthropocene Reading Group will meet to discuss Isabelle Stenger's latest publication, In Catastrophic Times: Resisting the Coming Barbarism (Meson Press, 2015). 

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Keynote Lecture: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on Resilience
Mar
18
2:30 PM14:30

Keynote Lecture: Dr. Nalini Nadkarni on Resilience

Open to the public! Special guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarni will give a keynote lecture on the topic of Resilience. Nadkarni is a professor of Biology at the University of Utah whose canopy research engages non-scientific audiences, partners with artists to enhance conservation, and is committed to environmental and social justiceImmediately following the keynote, there will be a roundtable on Resilience across disciplines with Dr. Karen Reivich (Penn Resilience Programs and Penn Positive Psychology Center) and Dr. Dilip Da Cunha (Penn Design), moderated by Professor Brenda Casper (Penn Biology).

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"Global Sustainability" Penn Faculty Lunch
Mar
18
12:00 PM12:00

"Global Sustainability" Penn Faculty Lunch

PPEH's Invited guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarni will join a Penn faculty lunch exploring “Global Sustainabilities,” organized by Dr. Simon Richter (German) and sponsored by the Perry World House. The luncheon features special guests Dr. Judith Shapiro (Professor of Global Environmental Politics at American University) and Dr. Dana Phillips (Professor of English at Towson University). 

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Conversation between PPEH Fellows & Special Guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarn
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

Conversation between PPEH Fellows & Special Guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarn

During her visit, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni will meet with the PPEH Fellows to talk about how and why to translate academic work for diverse audiences. The Fellows will discuss how Dr. Nadkarni has made her research accessible to wide and varied publics through the Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE) in Utah, and through several TED talks.

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Cuban Environmental History: Reinaldo Funes
Mar
18
10:00 AM10:00

Cuban Environmental History: Reinaldo Funes

"Less beef, more other animal proteins!  Changing patterns of livestock production, feeding, and environment in Cuba since the 1940s."

After WWII, development policy in the Tropical world emphasized the increase of animal protein in a given national diet.  In 1943, forty-four states, including Cuba, participated in the Hot Springs Conference for Food and Agriculture.  Taking the country’s report to the conference as a departure point, this presentation explores the evolution of animal protein production and consumption in Cuba over a half-century, with special attention given to changes after the revolution of 1959 and, in particular, to policies aimed at transforming the nation’s cattle stock to prioritize milk over beef.  

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PPEH Outing to RAIR with special guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarni
Mar
17
3:00 PM15:00

PPEH Outing to RAIR with special guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarni

PPEH is delighted to host Professor of Biology Nalini Nadkarni to discuss the topic of resilience. For the first event during Dr. Nadkarni's visit, she will visit RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency). RAIR’s mission to repurpose materials normally destined for landfills into creative works will spark conversation between the artists-in-residency and Nadkarni about resilience. We aim to make a short documentary about this visit, which will be featured on PPEH’s website.

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