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Sustainability and the Humanities: Research Project at PSU Launches With Event Series, Mar. 3
Author: J. David Santen
Posted: February 26, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:
Amy Greenstadt, Humanities Sustainability Research Project
503-725-3521 | publichumanities@pdx.edu
www.publichumanities.pdx.edu/ResearchGroups/sustainability/index.html

(Portland, Ore.) February 19, 2009 – “Sustainability.” This multifaceted word is on everyone's lips, but what does it really mean? Citizens and scholars have united to explore this question through a series of public events beginning March 3, 2009.

The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at Portland State University, will explore concepts of sustainability through panels, lectures and events by activists, artists and scholars in fields such as history, philosophy, literature, critical theory and anthropology.

Activities begin with FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER, a sequence of public dialogues in March and April on the meaning and practice of sustainability in daily life. Events will also include author lectures in April, and a national conference in May.

FOOD CLOTHING SHELTER

FOOD: A public discussion on sustainable food production and consumption
March 3, 2009, 7 p.m., Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294 (1825 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore.)
Linda K. Johnson, cross-disciplinary artist and educator;
Lois Leveen, writer, ethical food blogger, and performer;
Lisa Weasel, PSU biology professor and author of Food Frey: Inside the Controversy Over Genetically Modified Food;
Eric Wynkoop, PSU cultural anthropologist (and former chef).

CLOTHING: “Creating the First Sliding-Scale Eco-Friendly Clothing Company”
April 7, 2009, 7 p.m. Smith Memorial Student Union, room 328 (1825 S.W. Broadway)
Damali Ayo, artist, author, and activist;
Introduction by Leila Wice, Japanese textile historian and creator of DekoBoko Design.

SHELTER: A public discussion on sustainable housing and public architecture.
April 28, 2009, 7 p.m., Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294 (1825 S.W. Broadway)
Paul Collins, PSU English professor and author;
Tim DuRoche, artist and community programs manager for Portland Center Stage;
John W. Haines, executive director for Mercy Corps Northwest;
Ethan Seltzer, director, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at PSU.

Additional Humanities Sustainability Research Project Events

LECTURE: Kim Stanley Robinson
April 16, 2009, 7 p.m.,  Smith Memorial Student Union, room TBD
Robinson, an ecology-focused science fiction writer best known for his award-winning Mars Trilogy.

LECTURE: “Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There! Ecology, Theory, Ideology”
April 21, 2009, 7 p.m., Smith Memorial Student Union, room 338
Tim Morton, author of Ecology Without Nature: Rethinking Environmental Aesthetics, and a professor of literature and the environment at University of California, Davis.

CONFERENCE: “Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities”
May 14-17, 2009
This conference will bring together scholars, artists, business people, food growers, conservationists, and the general public to explore, debate and embrace topics within sustainable culture.

The Humanities Sustainability Research Project, an initiative of the Portland Center for Public Humanities at PSU, is supported by a grant through PSU’s Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, with support from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.
For more information on these and other activities, visit http://www.pdx.edu/public-humanities/.
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