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Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives from the Humanities, May 20
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:00pm to Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 10:00pm

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.

7–8:45 p.m.
Plenary Session
Opening Remarks: Provost Roy Koch
Natalie Jeremijenko, “After Copenhagen: Emerging Strategies of Political Participation”
(Visual Arts/Computer Science/Environmental Studies, New York University)
Respondent: Kelly Clifton (Civil Environmental Engineering, Portland State)
Respondent: Carolyn de la Peña (American Studies, University of California, Davis)

9–10 p.m. Reception