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Four ENVS students present at Graduate Student Research Forum

Four ENVS students presented Friday at the UO’s 5th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum. Morgan Peach and Alicia Kristen participated in the forum’s poster session, while Shane Hall and Taylor McHolm served as panelists for Crosscurrents: An Environmental Humanities Roundtable

During the panel, Hall presented an ecocritical reading of Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), which he used to argue that “the emphasis on contemporary authors of color and women in the environmental literary canon feeds and is fed by the myth of the ‘sudden emergence’ of the environmental justice movement which suppresses readings of earlier texts’ environmental justice concerns.”

McHolm writes of his own presentation: “Photographer Chris Jordan’s Midway: Message from the Gyre (2009-current) takes as its subject the decomposing bodies of Albatross chicks on Midway island. I make the argument that Jordan’s photographs employ what Hsuan Hsu calls “environmental metonymy” by focusing on the contiguous relationship between the birds and their undigested, fatal meals. By understanding these fatal contiguities, we can more immediately collapse the boundary between human and non-human environments.”