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Ways of Knowing and Acting: Reconnecting to Mother Earth Symposium

Ways of Knowing and Acting: Reconnecting to Mother Earth Symposium Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:30am-12:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public, but please register here Come to the Reconnecting to Mother Earth Symposium and join a circle of community members, artists, ecologists, educators and students gathering to discuss how to […]

IAS Reads: The Sixth Extinction

IAS Reads: Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction Thursday, April 6, 5:30-6:30pm First Floor West, Northrop Free and open to the public. Join the Institute for Advanced Study, Northrop, and your fellow science, history, and anthropology lovers for a discussion of Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction in advance of her talk on UMN’s Carlson Family Stage […]

Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River

Environmental Humanities on the Schuylkill River: From Botanical Garden and Oil Refinery to DataRefuge Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. Her research interests lie in the […]

IAS Thursdays: Improvising Ecosystems

Improvising Ecosystems Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or

We Are Water: the University and Minnesota’s Water Future

We Are Water: the University and Minnesota’s Water Future Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 3:30pm Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor, Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. Almost reflexively, Minnesotans say they are proud of the state’s waters. Visits up to the lake are cherished parts of many lives and […]

Multispecies Families

Multispecies Families Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 3:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, 360p, or 1080p. A multitude of exotic animals live within homes and jungly backyards of Florida. Flexible strategies for accumulating and selling valuable animals has helped countless Floridians adapt to sweeping changes in political […]

River Life: Place, Water, Community

January 24, 2017IASForum0

Download a PDF of this blog post here (4 MB) Over the past few months, River Life has found its focus shifting a bit. Since 2005, we have worked to raise the visibility of the Mississippi River, particularly on the campus of the University of Minnesota, which is bisected by the river in Minneapolis. We […]

Ship of Seeds: Exploring Heterotopia in the Anthropocene

October 26, 2016IASEvents0

Ship of Seeds: Exploring Heterotopia in the Anthropocene Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 1:30-3:00pm 240 Blegen Hall Free and open to the public The rise of discussions about “the Anthropocene” has inspired both utopic and dystopic imaginaries of culture and environment. Doomful visions of global climate change have inspired calls to reinvigorate a modernist faith in […]

Where is the Human in the Data?

Where is the Human in the Data? Thursday, September 29, 3:30-5:00pm: IAS Thursdays Friday, September 30, 9am—12pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. This workshop is the launching point for a critical data science study project that is jointly sponsored by the University of […]

Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin

Traces: Landscapes in Transition on the Yellow River Basin Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7-8:30pm Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor, Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. Photographer Ian Teh presents a series of panoramic photographs of the ever-changing landscapes along the length of China’s Yellow River. Historically a symbol […]

Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal

Planning Democracy: Agrarian Intellectuals and the Intended New Deal Monday, May 16, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. Very late in the New Deal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture initiated an ambitious program of cooperative land-use planning. It signaled something new in […]

Gardening Matters: Plant and Seed Distribution

Gardening Matters North Minneapolis Plant and Seed Distribution Event Saturday, May 14, 2016, 11:00am-2:00pm St. Olaf Church, 2901 Emerson Ave. N, Minneapolis Gardening Matters, a community gardening nonprofit based in South Minneapolis, is putting on an MSP-wide seed and plant distribution event Saturday, May 14, at three locations around town: St. Olaf Lutheran Church in […]

Is Water a Human Right? From Flint to Minnesota

April 13, 2016IASEvents1

Is Water a Human Right? The Global Struggle for Environmental Justice from Flint to Minnesota Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 12:15-1:45pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. A brown bag lunch discussion with Charles Simmons, Emeritus Professor of Media and Human Rights, Marygrove College, Detroit […]

Bee Arts: Prototypes from the Hive

April 12, 2016IASCollaboratives, Events0

Bee Arts: Prototypes from the Hive Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 6:30pm Concourse Gallery, Minneapolis College of Art and Design Free and open to the public Gallery talk with Christine Baeumler, Shawn McConneloug, Mary Ludington, Robert Rosen, and Peng Wu. A collaboration between the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), the University of Minnesota […]

Tight oil/fast oil: life and death in the Bakken oil fields. March 3, 2016

Tight oil/fast oil: life and death in the Bakken oil fields Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public Download: audio, small video, or original. Workers have been dying on the job with unusual frequency in the North Dakota oil boom. This talk explores the geological, […]

Cathy Jordan, Professor of Pediatrics. December 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Cathy Jordan, PhD, LP, pediatric neuropsychologist by training, is an associate professor in the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Health in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She is also an Extension Specialist in the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. Cathy was […]

Thinking the Anthropocene with Oil and Water. Stephanie LeMenager, Nov. 10, 2015

November 10, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events4

Thinking the Anthropocene with Oil and Water Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 2:30-4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Free and open to the public The idea of the Anthropocene that describes the epoch of global climate change and mass extinction forgets modernity even as it inscribes it in stone. This talk […]

Can we save biodiversity from climate change? Jessica Hellman, Oct 21, 2015

October 21, 2015IASEvents0

Can we save biodiversity from climate change? Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop Free and open to the public Conservation biology is charged with deploying science to stem the tide of biodiversity loss. It’s a relatively young field, yet it has many established paradigms and protocols for dealing with problems such […]

Italian Food Cultures and the Environment. Fabio Parasecoli, September 21, 2015

September 21, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events1

Italian Food Cultures and the Environment Monday, September 21, 2015, 12-1:30pm Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop Fabio Parasecoli, author of Al Dente: A History of Food in Italy, in conversation with Dan Philippon, Associate Professor of English Download: small video or original. Fabio Parasecoli is Associate Professor and Director of Food […]

Matteo Convertino on Complex Biological & Socio-technical Systems. Sep 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Matteo Convertino is Assistant Professor in the UMN School of Public Health’s Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and Principal Investigator of the HumNat Lab for Analysis, Modeling and Management of Complex Biological and Socio-technical Systems. He was also a 2014 Resident Fellow of the Institute on the Environment and […]

Inaugural Bee Arts Event, with Juan William Chávez and Mark L. Winston. August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events0

Inaugural Bee Arts Event August 3, 2015, at 7:00pm North Star Ballroom, St. Paul Student Center Organized by the IAS Bee Arts Collaborative. Admission $25; students FREE. Hear and see how visionaries work with bees in art & science. The evening features Dr. Marla Spivak, author Mark Winston, artists Juán William Chavez and Jeff Millikan, […]

Deborah Swackhamer, Water Scientist and Prof. of Public Policy. July 14, 2015

July 14, 2015IASBat of Minerva0

Download: audio, small video, or original. Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer studies the processes affecting the behavior of, and exposures to, toxic chemicals in the environment and works on policies to address these potential risks. She is a Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and served […]

Sharon Day, Director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Sharon Day, Ojibwe, is executive director of the Indigenous People’s Task Force. Sharon is 2nd degree Midewin and follows the spiritual path of the Anishinaabe people; part of her spiritual practice is to care for water. In 2003 Sharon Day, Josephine Madamin and other Anishinaabe women began Mother Earth […]

Kate Brauman, Water Scientist at IonE. July 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Kate Brauman is the lead scientist for the Global Water Initiative at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, where she studies the coupled interaction of land-use change and water resources. Kate brings together the study of hydrology and plant-water relations with economics and policy to explore the […]

Jonathon Wells, Artist and Geologist, on his Photo-geologic Composites. June 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Trained as both a fine art photographer and as a geologist, Jonathon Wells describes his work as an embodiment of his commitment to “fostering dialog about human interaction with the earth through surface/subsurface photo-geologic composites.” His process of creating these photo-geologic composites is both an artistic and investigatory process. […]

Fostering Dialog through Photo-geologic Composites. Jonathon Wells, June 22, 2015

Fostering Dialog through Photo-geologic Composites Monday, June 22, 2015, at 3:00pm Northrop Meeting Room 106 Free and open to the public Trained as both a fine art photographer and as a geologist, Jonathon Wells describes his work as an embodiment of his commitment to “fostering dialog about human interaction with the earth through surface/subsurface photo-geologic […]

Improvising Ecosystems III – Echoing Ecotones: Transformations and Interventions. April 30, 2015

April 30, 2015IASCollaboratives, Events0

Improvising Ecosystems III Echoing Ecotones: Transformations and Interventions Thursday, April 30, at 8:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop This performed installation is a project of the IAS Improvising Ecosystems Collaborative. Faculty and students from the School of Music (SOM) and the Department of Art will feature participatory art, sound installations, and improvisational music: Lyz Jaakola […]

Spirituality After Darwin. Bron Taylor, Religion, University of Florida, April 30, 2015.

Spirituality After Darwin: ‘Dark Green’ Nature Religion and the Future of Religion and Nature Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater The Roetzel Family Lecture in Religious Studies. Free and open to the public. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. New religions come and […]

Bron Taylor, Prof. of Religion, on Dark Green Nature Religion. April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Bron Taylor is Professor of Religion, Nature, and Environmental Ethics at the University of Florida, and a Carson Fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich Germany. His research involves both ethnographic and historical methods, and much of it focuses on grassroots environmental movements, their […]

Conevery Valencius, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Conevery Valencius is Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where she writes and teaches about U.S. environmental history, the history of science and medicine, and the American Civil War. Her recent projects have focused on the history of earthquakes and seismology, the history of the […]

Resilience and Sustainability of the River in an Era of Climate Change. Thursdays at Four, April 9, 2015.

Panel on Resilience and Sustainability of the River in an Era of Climate Change Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:00pm Northrop — Best Buy Theater River as Water. Part of the Sawyer Seminar Spring Symposium. Download: small video, audio, or original. Q&A Download: small video, audio, or original. Resilience has emerged in the past few […]

Christopher Morris, Professor of History, April 2015

Download: audio, small video, or original. Christopher Morris lives in Dallas, Texas, and is Professor of History at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is the author of two books, Becoming Southern: The Evolution of a Way of Life, Warren County and Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1770-1860, and The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the […]

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences. March 31, 2015

Backwater Blues: Environmental Disaster and African American Experiences Tuesday, March 31, at 4:00pm 1210 Heller Hall Panel with Saje Mathieu, History; David Pellow, Sociology; Elliott Powell, American Studies; and Richard Mizelle, History, University of Houston (via Skype). Download: audio, small video, or original. What can studies of environment tell us about African American experiences? In […]

Improvising Ecosystems Performance, October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014IASCollaboratives, Events0

Improvising Ecosystems Performance Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00-9:00pm Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art (East) This performance/installation/intervention is a result of collaborative work/process of U of M School of Music and Department of Art students and faculty (including members of the IAS 2014-15 Improvising Ecosystems Collaborative), reflecting on a weekend spent at Cloquet […]

Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help. Sandra Zellmer: Thursdays at Four, Oct. 9, 2014

Unnatural Disasters: How Law Hurts, How Law Can Help October 9, 2014, at 4:00pm Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop Sandra Zellmer, Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Law, University of Nebraska. Download: audio, small video,or original. Q&A Download: audio, small video,or original. It’s seductively deceptive to call floods and other catastrophes “natural.” They are anything but. Storms […]

Joe Paddock, Poet and Environmentalist, May 10, 2014

Download: audio, small video, or original. Poet, environmentalist, and oral historian Joe Paddock grew up in Litchfield, Minnesota, and was educated at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the poetry collections Earth Tongues (1985) and Handful of Thunder: A Prairie Cycle (1983) and the essay collection Soil and Survival: Land Stewardship and […]

Leigh Fondakowski, Playwright, 2008-2014; Sarah Lambert and Reeva Wortel, January 2012

Leigh Fondakowski is an Emmy nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO. Her play, The People’s Temple, has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for best new play in 2005. Another original play, I Think I Like Girls, premiered […]

Gary Kroll, Environmental Historian of Roadkill. May 2013

Download: audio, small video, or original. Gary Kroll is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Plattsburgh State University; he was in residence at the IAS during spring 2013 with the Environment, Culture, and Sustainability group of Quadrant. Trained in environmental history and the history of science, Professor Kroll is interested in the […]

3/1/13 Carey Bagdassarian and Elizabeth Mead

Carey Bagdassarian is an associate professor of chemistry at the College of William and Mary, specializing in food-web dynamics, ecological stoichiometry, emergent regulatory systems, and biodiversity/ecosystem functioning. In his own words, “My background in equilibrium and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics (and a somewhat restless nature) has led me through and to the fields of self-assembly in […]

Astrid Ogilvie, 2/13/13

Astrid Ogilvie is a climate and environmental historian and human ecologist. She is a fellow at the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder and a Senior Affiliate Scientist, Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland. Ogilvie’s overarching career goal is to build bridges between the humanities and the natural sciences in order […]