Dr. Gregg Mitman Keynote Lecture: Engagement

  • Max Kade Center (Room 329A) 3401 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States

If you missed Dr. Mitman's keynote, check it out here!

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." In this talk Mitman will explore the topic of Engagement through a variety of ongoing projects, including A Liberian Journey and Tales from Planet Earth.  Immediately following the keynote, Dr. Tukufu Zuberi (UPenn 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!


Professor Gregg Mitman is Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A scholar of science, medicine, film and the environment, Professor Mitman is the founding director of the Nelson Institute's Center for Culture, History and Environment, as well as the curator of UW-Madison's environmental film festival, Tales from Planet Earth. 

Dr. Mitman's recent work tackles popular misapprehensions of the causes and cures of allergies and asthma in Breathing Space: How Allergies Shape Our Lives and Landscapes. He has also extensively published on the relationship between film and the nonhuman world. His book Reel Nature: America's Romance with Wildlife on Film was published in its second edition in 2009.

In tandem with his academic scholarship, Gregg Mitman has also ventured into filmmaking. His documentary, In the Shadow of Ebola, co-directed with Sarita Siegel, portrays a family and nation torn apart by the Ebola outbreak, and is a wonderful resource for teaching global health, the politics of humanitarianism, African history, media studies, race and social justice, or science and technology. We will hold a screening of this film on Wednesday, April 13th from 4:30-6 PM.


In addition to his keynote, during his two day visit to Penn Dr. Mitman will meet with students, provide a screening of his film In the Shadow of Ebola, visit WetLand and attend the Visioning Meeting at Bartram's to plan the Schuylkill River Corps. We hope you will join us for this programming!

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