March 24-28 an interdisciplinary workshop is taking place at the University of Alberta. It is called Cross-Pollinations: Seeding New Ground for Environmental Thought & Activism across the Arts & Humanities and it includes public talks on March 24 and March 26. If you are in Edmonton and interested in environmental history or environmental issues generally, the talks might be of interest.
The sessions are not open to the public, but the plan is to publish an edited collection out of the workshop sessions. If you are interested in what the discussion will look like the schedule is found here I am contributing something about photographs and environmental advocacy in the UVic student newspaper, The Martlet, in the mid-1970s. I am going to make a first attempt at microblogging during the workshop and plenary talks. The twitter feed is @canenvirorock and the tag is #crosspollination.
Thursday March 24
University of Alberta, Telus Centre 1-50
“Endangered Native Grasslands,” three talks and a conversation—”prairie ponderings”— Trevor Herriot, Sharon Butala, and Bill Waiser.
Three talks, conversation between speakers, and Q&A will focus on the historic relationship between people and the prairies as well as how that relationship is being changed by agriculture, urban development, resource extraction, climate change and other factors.
Saturday March 26
University of Alberta, Business Building 1-5
“Writing Home and Indigenous Thought” brings together Deanna Reder and Warren Cariou for an evening of two talks and a conversation that challenges Western assumptions of Native representation concerning urbanity and human waste.