Upcoming: Spring Symposium 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
1:30 to 5:30 p.m., with reception to follow
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Auditorium
500 17th Street NW, Washington DC
Free and open to the public
This symposium brings together four scholars, each from a different discipline, to speak about the relationship between modernity and sustainability. Each speaker, drawing on his or her own research, will be asked to answer this question: is modernity inherently hostile to sustainability or not? Such a question deliberately raises the prospect of multiple “modernities,” about which speakers will offer critical analysis. Although modern societies have often disregarded the environmental impacts of their endeavors, modernity has also made possible ideas about ecology, environmental justice, and sustainable human existence. By considering examples of environmental activism generated within (or against) industrial society, the symposium will ask which of these serve as credible and practical models of sustainability around the world now.
Warren T. Byrd, Jr.
Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, University of Virginia
Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Landscape Architects
Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of The Program on Society and the Environment, University of Maryland
Executive Director, Global Animal Partnership, Washington, DC
Associate Professor of English, University of Kansas and President, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Alan C. Braddock
Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies, The College of William and Mary
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