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The Promise and Problems of Sustainable Cities: April 7, 2015

March 25, 2015 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Please join us for our roundtable on Tuesday, April 7th, 12:15-1:15, at the A.D. White House (LUNCH INCLUDED), on The Promise and Problems of Sustainable Cities:

Cities have a great capacity for carbon efficiency and social services, but they also concentrate pollution, and their consumption levels require the transport of goods from thousands of miles away.  They may also exacerbate certain kinds of social divisions and injustices. Is it possible to design sustainable cities in the 21st century?

Below is a Dropbox link to TWO BRIEF READINGS.  Please take a look at them in advance of the discussion.  And also please join me in offering huge thanks to Jeremy Foster for agreeing to be our discussion leader and for doing the work of finding these thought-provoking essays.  Jeremy is a fantastic cultural geographer, landscape architect, and urban studies scholar, and he has been a supporter of CREST from the beginning.  Thank you, Jeremy!

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3rzm35ld5ywvp0u/AAB9Zjntr8RmH8TXudA229V8a?dl=0

Jenny Price, “Stop Saving the Planet!” Feb. 26, 7pm.

January 28, 2015 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

CREST’s next big event will be on Thursday evening, February 26th, at 7pm, in McGraw 165: come hear Jenny Price give a fantastic (and funny) talk called “Stop Saving the Planet!”

Jenny is an independent writer, scholar, and activist, with a Ph.D. in History; she is the author of Flight Maps: Adventures with Nature in Modern America (Basic Books, 1999) and is currently the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities at Princeton University.  Normally based in LA, Jenny also gives tours of the Los Angeles River as part of the Los Angeles Urban Rangers, an art-performance-educational group which she co-founded in 2004.

Jenny’s talk is sponsored by CREST, ACSF, and the Department of History: thanks for the support!

And thanks to Amy Kohout for making this event happen.

ROUNDTABLE ON TEACHING ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES COURSES: TUES., NOV 18, 12:15, 221 WEILL HALL

November 5, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Please join us for another CREST roundtable (free lunch included) on Tuesday, November 18th, from 12:15 to 1:15, in 221 Weill Hall.  This one will be led by one of CREST’s co-founders, Laura Martin (Natural Resources) and will be focused on the opportunities and challenges of teaching various kinds of environmental studies courses.

Here’s what Laura wrote in her email to the CREST listserv:

For our next meeting, we will be discussing the design of Environmental Studies courses — and how to incorporate readings from diverse disciplines into any environmentally themed course.
For this meeting we ask that you bring:
1) Two readings on any environmental theme from your field, or from other fields,  that have been successful in undergraduate courses
2) Syllabi or assignments that you’ve taught or used as models
We’ll use these to compile a list of CREST teaching materials.

I hope to see you there!

CREST IS BACK IN BUSINESS! (Come to lunch on October 16th!)

September 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Hi everyone!  I hope you’ve all had an excellent year.  I certainly did, but now I’m happy to be back in Ithaca and am looking forward to getting CREST together again.

Our first event of the year will be on Thursday, October 16th, 2014, from 12:15 to 1:15, at the A.D. White House.  We’ll be discussing a wonderfully unusual book by a French writer and artist named Philippe Squarzoni.  It’s a graphic memoir (or comic book, if you prefer) called Climate Changed: A Personal Journey through the Science.

Lunch will be provided!

I hope you can join us for what I’m sure will be a lively conversation.

Cheers,

Aaron

 

CREST IS ON HIATUS (2013-14)

August 8, 2013 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

CREST is taking a break for the moment, in part because we’ve had a really busy three and a half years of events and activities and in part because I (Aaron) will be away from Cornell for this year.  The listserv will remain active, so please feel free to post to it if you’d like to share some relevant information, especially about things taking place at Cornell.  Laura Martin, one of CREST’s co-founders, has generously agreed to field any queries during this academic year (ljm222), and she also plans to organize a couple of reading nights, so drop her a line if you have an idea for books or articles we could discuss.  I also hope that you’ll take a few minutes to browse through this blog to see the range of things we’ve done as an organization.  And if you’re new to Cornell and/or Ithaca, please feel warmly invited to join our community.  (See the CONTACT tab of this blog.)

Thanks so much to all of you who have participated in CREST, and eternal gratitude to the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future for helping us to get started and for moral and financial support all along the way.

Cheers, and have a good year!

–Aaron

FINAL CREST EVENTS OF SPRING 2013

April 24, 2013 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Both events are on Tuesday, April 30th: please join us!

1. ROUNDTABLE with visiting speaker Lawrence Buell,
Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, emeritus, Harvard University.

An essay will be distributed in advance; email Aaron Sachs (as475) if you need a copy.

“Enough is Enough?  Re-imagining an Ethics and Aesthetics of Sustainability for the 21st Century.”
Tuesday, April 30th, 12:30-2pm. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED!
Dining room, A.D. White House.
Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.
(Buell is one of the founders of the field of eco-criticism and the author of
The Environmental Imagination (1995) and
Writing for an Endangered World (2001), among many other books.)

2. LECTURE by Lawrence Buell: “Uses and Abuses of Environmental Memory.”
Tuesday, April 30th, 4:30pm, Guerlac Room, A.D. White House.
Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.

Roundtable on Poetry and Ecology: Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 3, 2013 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Our next CREST event:

ROUNDTABLE: “Poetry and Ecological Methodology”

Thursday, April 11th, 12:30-2pm, Bio Tech G01
Moderated by Laura Martin (a co-founder of CREST), Natural Resources
Speakers:
Joanie Mackowski (English/Creative Writing Program)
Amanda Jo Goldstein (English)
Ben Dalziel (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

“Natural Histories”: evening discussion on March 4

February 18, 2013 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Our next CREST event will be an evening session on Monday, March 4th, at 8:15 pm.

The theme is “Natural Histories.”

We’ll meet at Laura Martin’s house (126 W. Court St, Ithaca) to discuss three essays:
– Joyce Carol Oates, “Against nature”
– Annie Dillard, “Innocence in the Galapagos”
– Jonathan Franzen, “Farther away”

All three can be downloaded at this website:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/omuz71444yvlkgz/TRfDIIZ9SM

MANY THANKS TO LAURA FOR ORGANIZING THIS SESSION AND CHOOSING AND COPYING THE READINGS!

THANKS ALSO TO AMY KOHOUT FOR SETTING US UP ON DROPBOX!

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR SPRING 2013

February 8, 2013 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

1.  Sustainability: Of What?  For Whom?
Tuesday, February 12, 4:30-6pm (light reception to follow)
Guerlac Room, A. D. White House
Sponsored by the Society for the Humanities, Initiative on Sustainability via the Humanities and the Arts

Panelists:
Virginia Kennedy (English)
“Cultural Climate Change:  Paradigm Shifts in a Warming World.”

Laura Martin (Natural Resources)
“Coral, Competition, Cold War: Eugene and Howard Odums’s Ecological Research at Eniwetok Atoll.”

Daegan Miller (History)
“Black and Green: African American Pioneers and Freedom’s Ecology in the Adirondacks, 1846-1859.”

2.  Evening session: “Natural Histories”
Monday, March 4th, at 8:15pm.

We’ll meet at Laura Martin’s house (126 W. Court St, Ithaca) to discuss three essays:
– Joyce Carol Oates, “Against nature”
– Annie Dillard, “Innocence in the Galapagos”
– Jonathan Franzen, “Farther away”

3.  ROUNDTABLE: “Poetry and Ecological Methodology”
Thursday, April 11th, 12:30-2pm, Bio Tech G01
Moderated by Laura Martin (a co-founder of CREST), Natural Resources
Speakers:
Joanie Mackowski (English/Creative Writing Program)
Amanda Jo Goldstein (English)
Ben Dalziel (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

4.  Evening session: short writings by Iscol lecturer Peter Kareiva
Tuesday, April 16th, 8:15pm.
Readings and location to be announced.

5.  ROUNDTABLE with visiting speaker Lawrence Buell,
Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature, emeritus, Harvard University.

“The Challenges of Humanistic Sustainability.”
Tuesday, April 30th, 12:30-2pm.
Dining room, A.D. White House.
Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.
(Buell is one of the founders of the field of eco-criticism and the author of
The Environmental Imagination (1995) and
Writing for an Endangered World (2001), among many other books.)

6.  LECTURE by Lawrence Buell (see above, item 5).

“Uses and Abuses of Environmental Memory.”
Tuesday, April 30th, 4:30pm, Guerlac Room, A.D. White House.
Co-sponsored by the Society for the Humanities.

Evening discussion: Rebecca Solnit on HOPE (Tues., Dec. 11th, 8:15)

November 21, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Please join us for an evening discussion of two short readings by essayist Rebecca Solnit on the theme of hope, which I hope (!) will be welcome after a semester of talking about trauma and denial….  Readings will be circulated via the CREST listserv and Dropbox.  They are as follows:

–Solnit, Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities (2004), pp. 1-19 and 63-80; and

–Solnit, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster (2009), pp. 1-10.