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PPEH Outing to RAIR with special guest Dr. Nalini Nadkarni

  • Revolution Recovery 7333 Milnor St. Philadelphia, PA (map)

As part of the third event in a five-part series exploring a Curriculum for the New Normal, generously co-sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the School of Arts & Sciences, PPEH is delighted to host Professor of Biology at the University of Utah Nalini Nadkarni to discuss the topic of resilience.

Dr. Nadkarni explores resilience in her work from a variety of angles: not only in her lab work studying rainforest canopy organisms, but also through collaboration with ICAN, an organization that brings scientists together with educators and activists around the common cause of forest ecosystem conservation. Dr. Nadkarni also launched the Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE) in Utah, and has worked on art projects that aim to develop clothing that depicts biologically accurate pictures of nature.

For the first event during Dr. Nadkarni's visit, she will visit RAIR (Recycled Artists in Residency) with Prof. Bethany Wiggin, PPEH Graduate Fellow Kasey Toomey, RAIR co-founder Billy Dufala, and a representative from Painted Bride Art Center.

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RAIR is a project where local artists are provided access to salvaged materials and workspace in order to create art from waste. It is run out of Revolutionary Recovery, a recycling center that processes over 450 tons of construction materials per day. RAIR’s mission to think about ways 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 and conversation. The video will be featured on PPEH’s website.

Find out more about RAIR in this article by Next City.