27
Mar

Lisa Ruddick on "Where my feet touch the ground”: Academic Life and the Challenge of Authenticity
4:00PM, Helen C. White 7191
CHE welcomes Lisa Ruddick for a public talk exploring the professional and personal dimensions of scholarly work. Many academic disciplines train initiates in a specialized language that can damage their sense of intimate connection to themselves and the larger world. How is it possible to remain grounded in ourselves and the things and people we touch, even as, in the course of our professional growth, we develop ever more sophisticated ways of mastering our materials?

5
Apr

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.

18
Apr

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.

18
Apr

"Histories of the Future" Session at the 11th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference
8:00AM, Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Join us at the 11th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference, "Hope and Renewal in the Age of Apocalypse" for the session, "Histories of the Future,” featuring CHE Associates Lynn Keller, Kata Beilin, Sarah Dimick, and Melissa Charenko. Throughout history, works of fiction and non-fiction have been filled with speculation about what lies ahead, with scenarios ranging from dark and dystopian to rich and leisurely. This session will explore visions of the future in works ranging from apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic literature and film to economists’ and environmental movements’ predictions, as well as alternative communities’ hopes.