“The Environment” will be the overarching theme of three March 26 panel sessions at Wayne State University featuring scholars from WSU, the University of Michigan and the University of Miami. The daylong gathering, which will be held at WSU’s McGregor Memorial Conference Center and is open to interested persons free of charge, is the Annual Faculty Fellows Conference sponsored by the WSU Humanities Center.
Walter Edwards, director of the center, says the conference is an opportunity for Wayne State faculty members who received fellowships the previous year to share information about their research with faculty colleagues and other interested persons and to receive feedback.
Each year the center also invites distinguished keynote speakers who are experts in the area addressed by the theme. Special guests for the March 26 program will be Dorceta Taylor, associate professor in the Natural Resources and Environmental Department at the University of Michigan, and Susan Haack, law professor at the University of Miami. Taylor will speak on “Environment, Inequality and Sustainability: Historical and Contemporary Challenges.” Haack’s topic will be “Six Signs of Scientism and Three Thoughts about the Climate of Climate Research.”
The conference, which is divided into three sessions, opens at 9 a.m. with welcoming remarks by Nancy Barrett, WSU provost and vice president for academic affairs. There will be a 10-minute discussion period after each of the sessions and a lunch break at noon. The program agenda is as follows. All speakers are Wayne State faculty members, except where noted otherwise.
9:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker, Dorceta Taylor, associate professor, University of Michigan; (see paragraph 3 above for lecture title)
10:15 a.m. Monica White, assistant professor, sociology; “Emergent Cityscapes: Communities of Color, Urban Farming and the Environment”
10:50 a.m. John Strate, associate professor, political science; “Comparing Three Environmental Discourses: Growth Forever, Sustainable Development and Green”
11:20 a.m. Dora Apel, associate professor, art and art history; “The Landscape of War”
1:35 p.m. Richard Grusin, professor, English; “American Water Works”
2:05 p.m. Guerin Montilus, professor, anthropology; “The Adja Fon of Southern Benin, Cultural Change, Vodun Religion and the Environment”
2:35 p.m. Eric H. Ash, associate professor, history; “Shifting Knowledge, Shifting nature: the Drainage of the English Fens”
3:15 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Susan Haack, professor, University of Miami Law School; (see paragraph 3 above for lecture title)
4:20 Bruce Russell, professor, philosophy; “The Philosophical Basis of a Limited Land Ethics”
4:50 Victor Figueroa, associate professor, classical and modern languages, literatures and cultures; “Eco-Coloniality: Nature Between Empire and Revolution in Alejo Capentier’s El reino de este mundo”
A complimentary reception in the McGregor Center will follow the conference. For more information on the March 26 conference, the WSU Humanities Center and its mission call 313-577-5471 or visit www.research.wayne.edu/hum.
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