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Environmental Humanities Symposium held April 4 at Appalachian

BOONE—An Environmental Humanities Symposium will be held Friday, April 4, at Appalachian State University in Plemmons Student Union’s Price Lake Room.

Sponsored by the university’s Humanities Council, the day-long symposium begins at 9 a.m. with opening remarks followed by a keynote address by New York University Professor Dale Jamieson who will speak on “Ethics in the Anthropocene.”

While the event is free, individuals planning to attend are asked to register at For more information, contact Kim Q. Hall, Humanities Council Coordinator, at

The full agenda for the symposium follows:

9-9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Tony Calamai, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
Kim Q. Hall, Humanities Council Coordinator and Professor of Philosophy

9:15-10:30 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: “Ethics in the Anthropocene”
Dale Jamieson, professor of environmental studies and philosophy and affiliate professor of law at New York University

10:30-10:45 a.m.
Break – refreshments provided

10:45 a.m.-noon
Keynote Presentation: “Crisis Materialities”
Mel Y. Chen, associate professor of gender and women’s studies and affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Science and Technology Studies Center, and the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences at University of California at Berkeley

noon-1:45 p.m.

1:45-2:45 p.m.
Appalachian Faculty Panel: Environmental Humanities at Appalachian
Kathryn Kirkpatrick, professor of English, “Worlding the Climate Crisis Poem”
Patricia Beaver, professor of Appalachian studies and anthropology, “After Coal: Welsh and Appalachian Communities”
Cynthia Wood, professor of cultural, gender and global studies, “‘But It’s So Good for Our Students’: A Postcolonial Critique of Study Abroad”
Dana Powell, assistant professor of anthropology, “Unsettling Landscapes: Infrastructures of Environmental (In)Justice on the Diné Nation”

2:45-3 p.m.
Break – refreshments provided

3-4:15 p.m.
Keynote Presentation: “On the Limits of Resilience: Being-with-Toxins and Pregnancy Loss”
Phaedra Pezzullo, associate professor of rhetoric and public culture and affiliate of cultural studies and American studies at the Kinsey Institute, the Political and Civic Engagement Program, and the Integrated Program in the Environment at Indiana University

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Break – refreshments provided

Closing Roundtable: “Where to go from here? The Humanities and the Environment,” Dale Jamieson, Mel Y. Chen, Phaedra Pezzullo, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Patricia Beaver, Cynthia Wood, and Dana Powell

5:30-7 p.m.
Reception in Plemmons Student Union’s Solarium for symposium attendees and speakers