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Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities, May 21
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 8:30am to Friday, May 21, 2010 - 9:00pm

WHAT:  UNDERSTANDING SUSTAINABILITY: PERSPECTIVES FROM THE HUMANITIES
WHEN: May 20–22, 2010
WHERE: Native American Student and Cultural Center, 710 S.W. Jackson St., Portland, OR
COST: Free and open to the public.

This free, three-day event brings over 60 scholars from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to Portland to draw out the controversies over the meaning and practice of sustainability, through an inspiring array of panel discussions and conversations.

Organized by the Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU, this year’s conference includes a trio of plenary talks with three innovative thinkers: Natalie Jeremijenko, Stephen Gardiner, and Cary Wolfe. Each of these sessions showcases a unique perspective on sustainability, combining a keynote presentation and follow-up discussion with selected respondents.

The conference is supported in part by PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices with funding from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation’s ten-year, $25 million grant for sustainability to Portland State University. Additional support comes from a critical exchange grant from the Imagining America Consortium of Colleges and Universities, in acknowledgement of innovative work in the humanities and sustainability.

www.understandingsustainability.org


FRIDAY, MAY 21
8:30–9 a.m. Morning Refreshments at Native American Student and Cultural Center

9:00–10:30 a.m.
Plenary Session
Stephen Gardiner “Climate Justice” (Philosophy, University of Washington)
Respondent: Sally Kitch (Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State)
Respondent: Jim Pankow (Chemistry, Portland State University)

10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Sustainability through Civic Engagement in the Humanities
Ramona Illea (Philosophy, Pacific University)
Brent Johnson (English, Pacific University)
Enie Vaisburd (Media, Pacific University)

Sustainability in Art and New Media
Karen Pinkus “Art Confronting Carbon Management” (Romance Language Literatures, University of Southern California )
Natalie Guidry “Rethinking Paper & Ink” (Ooligan Press, Portland State University)
Katherine Ball and Alec Neal (SEA Change)
Lindsay Floyd, Ross Chambless, Ben Cromwell, and Meaghan McKasy ”Cost-Benefit Analysis” (Environmental Humanities, University of Utah)

Interdisciplinarity and the Future of Environmental Studies
Daniel Sherman “What’s the Big Idea? The Role of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Cultivating Understandings of Limits and Values Sustainability” (Environmental Policy, University of Puget Sound)
John Reuter (Environmental Science, Portland State University)
Ted Toadvine (Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon)

12:15–1:30 p.m.
Lunch Break
Tour of the Learning Gardens of PSU with Frodo Okulam (Women’s Studies, Portland State University) and Judy BlueHorse Skelton (Education, Portland State University)

1:30–3 p.m.
Political Strategy (Roundtable)
Hindi Isherhott “Depave: From Parking Lots to Paradise” (Depave)
Larry O’Connor “The institutionalization of sustainability in the Australian local government sector: A framework for analysis” (La Trobe University, Australia)
Brenda Eichelberger “Championing Your Cause: A Framework for Legislative Change through Stakeholder Analysis” (Business, Portland State University)
Sarah Buie (Visual and Performing Arts, Clark University)

Green Building (Nodal Panel)
Margarette Leite (Architecture, Portland State University)
Graig Spolek (Mechanical and Material Engineering, Portland State University)
Thelma Lazo-Florez “Design for Sustainability: A Look Beyond Strands of Theory and Practice for Interior Environments” (Applied Science and Technology, Ball State University)
Vandana Baweja “Greening the Architectural History Survey” (Architecture, University of Florida)
Jay Odenbaugh “The Aesthetics of Nature, the Built Environment, and Sustainability” (Environmental Studies, Lewis & Clark College)

Commonality/Commons
Theresa Kelley “Sustaining Frictions” (English, University of Wisconsin, Madison)
Cameron Tonkinwise “Being Shared: The Necessary Antihumanism of Sustainability” (Environment & Design, New School)
Tammo Feldmann “Biopolitics and Homo Faber's Naked Body” (Foreign Languages, Portland State University)
Respondent: Cary Wolfe (English, Rice University)

3:15–4:45 p.m.
Urban and Civic Ecology (Nodal Panel)
Jim Proctor “A Cosmopolitan Sustainability: Interdependence vs. Self-Sufficiency” (Environmental Studies Director, Lewis & Clark College)
Ethan Seltzer (Urban Affairs, Portland State University)
POSI Person (City of Portland)
Howard Silverman (EcoTrust)
Carl Abott (Urban Affairs)

Sustainability and Curricular Transformation
Kristin Warr “Understanding Sustainability Through Interdisciplinary Practice: Developing Integrative Curricula Through Problem-based Learning” (University of Tasmania)
Robert Bremmer “Sustainability, Social media and Web analytics—Findings from an ongoing University Capstone course” (Multimedia, Portland State University)
Pamela Monaco “Destroying the Silos: Building an Undergraduate Sustainability Program in the School of Arts and Sciences” (Brandman University)

7-9 p.m.
Reception at Sea Change Gallery