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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.

Lunchtime Roundtable on Tuesday, Nov. 13: Energy, Modernity, and Everyday Trauma

October 19, 2012 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Our next event will be a Roundtable discussion on the theme of “Energy, Modernity, and Everyday Trauma.”  As usual, lunch will be provided, courtesy of ACSF, but our timing will be slightly later than normal: food will be available at 12:45, and the discussion will start at 1pm and run until 2:15pm.  The location is Bio Tech G01.  An abstract and some information on our presenters are below.

Energy, Modernity, and Everyday Trauma

Fossil fuels provided the raw material for modern industry, and, more generally, modern societies.  And our inextricable dependence on limited sources of energy continues to be a driving force of history.  Clearly, the production and use of fossil fuels have always had deleterious consequences for the environment and for humans (while also providing almost magical benefits).  But, looking beyond obvious traumas like explosions and spills, and thinking about trauma from bodily, psychological, and environmental perspectives, can we see more subtle ways in which modern energy regimes have been traumatic?  Which landscapes and human groups have been hardest hit?  Why have activists had such a hard time addressing this gradually intensifying addiction?  What exactly are the everyday consequences of living in a culture so colored by the use of fossil fuels?

–Jing Jin is a senior undergraduate, a college scholar writing a thesis on literary representations of oil-related traumas, especially in indigenous groups in the US and Nigeria
–Charis Boke is an anthropology graduate student focusing in part on an ethnography of environmental and social justice activists, some of whom work on energy issues
–Michael Jones-Correa is a professor in government who teaches a course on slow-moving crises
–Anindita Banerjee is a professor in comparative literature who teaches a course on energy, empire, and modernity, and is working on a book project called An Aesthetics of Energy

Oct 10th Discussion: DENIAL

September 22, 2012 by · No Comments · Discussion Readings

Upcoming discussion, Wednesday October 10th: 119 Farm Street  at 8:15.
This will be a follow-up, of sorts, to our discussion earlier this month on climate change and the humanities, since it seems clear that part of our inability to address climate change stems from a cultural and psychological unwillingness to acknowledge the seriousness of the problem.
Here are the citations:
1. Dickinson, J.L. 2009. “The people paradox: self-esteem striving, immortality ideologies, and human response to climate change,” Ecology and Society 14(1).  (Note that this one is by a Cornell professor, Janis Dickinson, in Natural Resources; she may even come to the discussion!)
2.  Excerpt from Clive Hamilton, Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change (London: Earthscan, 2010): chapter 4,  ”Many Forms of Denial,” pp. 95-133 (plus endnotes). (Hamilton is a professor of public ethics in Australia.)

And here are the links:
Thanks, and I hope to see you next month!
Cheers,
Aaron

Fall 2012 Events

September 22, 2012 by · No Comments · Events

WED., OCT 10: evening discussion of two short readings about DENIAL, 8:15pm, 119 Farm Street.

TUES., NOV 13: lunchtime roundtable, 12:30-2, Bio Tech G01, lunch provided;
this one is still under construction, but the theme is Energy, Modernity, and Everyday Trauma.
(Feel free to contact me if this theme is of particular interest to you and you might want to present on it….)

TUES., DEC. 11: evening discussion of three short readings about HOPE, 8:15, location TBA.