UPDATED: Fall Brown Bag Seminar Series
Our first seminar of the term will be given by Michael Nelson. Michael Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and professor of environmental ethics and philosophy. He holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources in the Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society at Oregon State and serves as the Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program.
Topic: How Shall We Live with Wolves?: Findings at the Edge of Ecology, Ethics, and Social Science. Date and Location: October 25, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM in Cedar & Spruce Rooms in the EMU.
Our second seminar will be presented by David Hughes. Professor David McDermott Hughes has taught at Rutgers University since 2000 – first in the Department of Human Ecology and then the Department of Anthropology. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, having conducted ethnographic fieldwork in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Ensuing from that training his first two books concerned race, natural resources, and land reform in Southern Africa (From Enslavement to Environmentalism, 2006, and Whiteness in Zimbabwe, 2010). Politics drove him out of Zimbabwe and to the petro-state of Trinidad and Tobago. Hughes is now publishing a monograph on the oil industry and responsibility for climate change (Energy without Conscience, 2017). He has also begun fieldwork in Spain on labor, aesthetics, clean energy, and utopian thought. At Rutgers, Hughes has directed the Center for African Studies and the undergraduate program in the Department of Anthropology. Currently, he serves as president of the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty union.
Topic: Wind Turbine Utopia: Leisure, Labor, and Clean Energy. Date and Location: October 27, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM in Columbia 249 (Lunch will be served)
Topic: War by Other Means: Environmental Violence in the 21st Century
Date and Location: December 1, 2016, 12:00-1:30 PM in the Spruce Room (EMU)
*Taylor McHolm’s presentation, Inverting Albedo: Reflections on and in the Anthropocene, has been moved to January 19th 12:00-1:30pm in COL 249.