Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene

This event is part of the Humanities Symposium Program: Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, March 7, 2015 (All day)

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The 2015 Obermann Humanities Symposium is Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene. Organized by Tyler Priest (History) Barbara Eckstein (English), and Bradley Cramer (Earth & Environmental Sciences), the goal of this event is to bring together public figures, scholars, and artists to make sense of humans' relationship to energy. It is an opportunity to collect and curate some of the best ideas for dealing with the large-scale human alterations of environments and ecosystems that have given a new name to the age in which we live: the Anthropocene.  

Energy Cultures in the Age of the Anthropocene will explore the illusory boundary between what is “natural” and “man-made,” between the multiple ways humans experience and demarcate time, and between the unequal distribution of social impacts caused by human-transformed and fossil-fueled environments around the world.  The symposium will challenge people to rethink the ideas, values, and aesthetics that shape the way we fuel our lives and transform our environments.

We invite ideas for linked activities through the spring, including courses, readings, performances, art exhibitions, films, and awareness-raising events.