Madison Graduate Conference in English Language and Literature
4:00PM, Union South
CHE is pleased to co-sponsor this year's Madison Graduate Conference in English Language and Literature. The conference revolves around the theme "(Re)Vision: Past, Present, Future,” and will involve a keynote address "Invention and Critique: The Trouble of Historical Fiction” by Dr. Bruce Holsinger (English, University of Virginia) on Friday evening, followed on Saturday by conference panels and a plenary talk from CHE Graduate Associate Sarah Dimick, "Visualizing the Great Acceleration Through Time-Lapse: James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey.” This event is co-sponsored by Associated Students of Madison, the Wisconsin Experience Grant, Medieval Studies, the Department of English. This event is free and open to the public. Please see the conference program for the schedule of speakers and additional information.


William deBuys on "Not Shutting Down: Staying Engaged in an Era of Environmental Loss"
12:00PM, Helen C. White 7191
Terra Incognita Art Series Event
Can the beauty of Earth re-inspire us even in the most trying times? Environmental historians (and journalists) face the challenge of telling stories that are true (and therefore too often lack happy endings) and yet do not cause our audiences to go numb and stop listening. After writing recent books on climate change and extinction, William deBuys will speak about his efforts to grapple with these dilemmas and share his (admittedly provisional) answers. deBuys is the author of eight books including The Last Unicorn: A Search for One of Earth’s Rarest Creatures (listed by the Christian Science Monitor as one of the ten best non-fiction books of 2015), A Great Aridness: Climate Change and the Future of the American West (2011), The Walk (2008), Seeing Things Whole: The Essential John Wesley Powell (2001), Salt Dreams (1999), River of Traps (a 1991 Pulitzer finalist,) and Enchantment and Exploitation (1985). Please join us for a talk and conversation aimed at thinking through these topics together.


Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse
8:00AM, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
11th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
Post-apocalyptic films and books are more popular than ever, with recent titles like The Hunger Games, The Passage, Snowpiercer and The Walking Dead joining a rapidly growing list. What drives our fascination with the end of the world? Can this pop-culture phenomenon help us understand today's environmental challenges and stimulate ideas to build a just, secure and sustainable future? Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse features an exciting line-up of provocative authors, leading thinkers and creative problem solvers to explore these questions. Join us for a day of fresh ideas about climate change, wildlife conservation, economic growth, social justice and other challenges that drive our anxieties and test our resolve.