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The Transatlantic Enlightenment

"Just Environments" merges humanities perspectives, environmental studies, social justice theory, and critical infrastructure studies. Areas of investigation include how artificial and natural infrastructures can affect, work against, or work with ecological systems to affect human communities. The seminar concerns the use, conservation, and distribution of natural resources on a variety of scales.

 

Fall 2021
All meetings in the fall will be held via Zoom.

  • Friday, September 17, 2021
    Planning Meeting
    11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
  • Friday, October 22, 2021
    Reading discussion: Robert Bullard
    11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
  • Monday, October 25, 2021
    UTHC Chandler Seminar with Allison Carruth, Professor of American Studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
    Princeton University
    11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

    UTHC Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Allison Carruth, Professor of American Studies and the High Meadows Environmental Institute
    Princeton University
    3:30-4:45 P.M.
    Webinar free and open to the public
  • Monday, November 1, 2021
    UTHC Chandler Seminar with Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
    Texas Southern University
    11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.

    UTHC Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy
    Texas Southern University
    3:30-4:45 P.M.
    Webinar free and open to the public
  • Friday, November 19, 2021
    A Conversation about Little Joe (dir. Hausner, 2019), Interspecies Relations and Plant Sexualities" with Maria Stehle, Professor of German, The University of Tennessee and Joela Jacobs, Assistant Professor of German Studies, The University of Arizona
    11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Spring 2021
All Meetings will be held via Zoom.

  • Friday, February 5, 2021
    Meeting of the Seminar
    Amy Elias, UT Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of English, and Gladys Alexandre, UT
    Professor and Head of Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB)
    “Chemical Inscriptions”
    10:00-11:15 A.M.
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021
    UT English Department Speakers Series: public webinar with Jeffrey Cohen
    Registration to be posted
    Webinar; free and open to the public
    7:00-8:00 P.M.
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021
    UTHC’s Public Books Circle program: UT Assistant Professor of French Matthew Brauer will lead a discussion of Rebecca Solnit's nonfiction book Wanderlust: A History of Walking
    Register here
    Zoom meeting; free and open to the public
    7:00 P.M.
  • Friday, March 5, 2021
    Presentation by Brad Collett
    Associate Professor, UT Department of Plant Sciences
    Faculty, UT School of Landscape Architecture
    Director, Tennessee RiverLine Partnership
    10:00-11:15 A.M.
  • Friday, April 2, 2021
    Presentation by Elaine Sheldon, Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies, UT School of Art
    10:00-11:15 A.M.
  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021
    UTHC’s Public Books Circle program: UT Associate Professor of English Dawn Coleman will lead a discussion of Lydia Millet's A Children's Bible (climate change apocalypse)
    Register here
    Zoom meeting; free and open to the public
    7:00 P.M.
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
    An Evening with Terry Tempest Williams
    Discussion with Terry Tempest Williams, environmental activist, writer in residence at the Harvard Divinity School (an installment of the UT Humanities Center Distinguished Lecture Series)
    Register here
    Webinar; free and open to the public
    7:00-8:15 P.M.

Fall 2020
All Meetings will be held via Zoom.

  • Monday, August 31, 2020
    Initial interest meeting of faculty and graduate students
    3:30-5:00 P.M.
  • Monday, September 28, 2020
    Planning meeting: 
    • discussion of planning document responses
    • Statement of goals
    • suggested readings and speakers 
    3:30-4:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    Discussion of “Anthropocene, Capitalocene, ... Plantationocene? A Manifesto for Ecological Justice in an Age of Global Crises” with authors, UT Asst. Prof. of Sociology Alex Moulton,  Levi Van Sant at George Madison U, and Brian Williams at Mississippi State U. 
    1:00-2:00 P.M.
  • Monday, November 9, 2020
    Just Environments Reading Group & Photovoice Collaboration
    Talks by Alan Liu, founder of Critical Infrastructure Studies, hosted by UT Just Environments partner Furman College.
    Reading Group meeting with Alan Liu on critical infrastructure studies: “What Infrastructure Assumes.” 
    8:00 P.M. ET
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    Zoom Lecture by Alan Liu, Distinguished Professor of English, University of California Santa Barbara, “Critical Infrastructure Studies--A Primer.” The event will conclude with Dr. Liu fielding questions from the audience.
    4:30 P.M. ET

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