Conferences

Thinking Spatially: Mapping Politics and Polarization

Sep 25 2020 | 9:00am

Join us at the 3rd annual Thinking Spatially symposium as we explore the topics of Politics and Polarization, a defining characteristic of today’s political climate. Geographic relationships may help to provide clarity in the factors related to political discourse. What are the drivers of polarization and how do they affect political perspectives? Can maps help us to interpret the divisiveness more efficiently?

OPEN POSITION: Grants Consultant (30 hr/wk)

The Institute for Advanced Study seeks a Grants Consultant. The Grant Consultant will manage all stages of grants and other funding opportunities for the Institute and will work with IAS affiliates (including conveners of IAS-funded collaboratives and IAS residential fellows) to develop proposals. We seek someone with experience in grant seeking and grant writing who can expand the range of internal and external awards for the IAS, and who is interested in continuing their own professional development. 

Ideas for the Incoming President: University Values

The transition in presidential leadership provides the University community with an opportunity to engage in collective conversation about our ideals and realities, and how to bring them closer. Join us for a series of Friday morning forums reflecting on the University’s mission, governance structure, and budget. These moderated discussions will generate ideas and suggestions to help inform President-designate Gabel’s understanding of the University and its possibilities.

IAS Community Forum Series | Values, Governance, and Budget: Ideas for the Incoming President

The transition in presidential leadership provides the University community with an opportunity to engage in collective conversation about our ideals and realities, and how to bring them closer. Join us for a series of Friday morning forums reflecting on the University’s mission, governance structure, and budget. These moderated discussions will generate ideas and suggestions to help inform President-designate Gabel’s understanding of the University and its possibilities.

Energy: An Environmental Humanities Symposium

How have energy exploration and exploitation shaped human history and the planet?
What stories have we told ourselves about coal, oil, and solar power?
What means exist to help us reach a just energy future?

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Reflections on Coal: A Human History

  • Barbara Freese (environmental attorney, energy policy analyst, and former Assistant Attorney General for Minnesota)

1:30-3:15 p.m. New Directions in Energy Humanities

CONFERENCE | Politics and Aesthetics of Obsolescence (Moving Image and Media Studies)

Has human society fully done away with the pre-modern ideal of permanence and gradual change? With the establishment of “planned obsolescence” as a fixture in business practices that accelerate the cycle of consumption to breakneck speed, time and history feel past their “best before” date: one is born too old, always already behind on the most recent “disruptive” trends in fashion, lifestyle choice, or current verbiage.