Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

Posted on Mar 27, 2018
Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

My grandfather evacuated his childhood home from an attic window during the devastating 1937 Ohio River Flood. A boat that was passing through his neighborhood spotted his family as they frantically waved from the small upstairs window. Imagine turning around in the hard seat of the pontoon to see your house completely underwater, everything you […]

New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

Posted on Mar 18, 2018
New Installation at Rice’s JuiceBOX: ‘The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute’

The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute March 23rd – April 23rd, 2018 With Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall, Erik Hagen Opening reception Friday, March 23rd from 6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo at 7pm. We are contained in what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to […]

Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

Posted on Feb 21, 2018
Toward a Hygienic Poetics: Environment, Health, & Ethics

The following is an excerpt from a work in progress, which attempts to think through how one might conjugate questions of environment alongside literary representations of health and hygiene—a “hygienic poetics,” if you will. Following recent work by Peter Sloterdijk and Alexis Shotwell, this project seeks to pull apart and examine the logics that influence […]

On the Cheap: ‘A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things’ (2017)

Posted on Nov 15, 2017
On the Cheap: ‘A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things’ (2017)

Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore. A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017. 311 pages. ISBN 9780520293137 (hardback). US $24.95. “Keeping things cheap is expensive,” write Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore in A History of […]

“Confronting Climate Change” in Houston: Event Tomorrow Night!

Posted on Oct 17, 2017
“Confronting Climate Change” in Houston: Event Tomorrow Night!

“Confronting Climate Change: What Can the U.S. and Japan Contribute to Creating Sustainable Societies?” In collaboration with The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership and the Social Science Research Council TOMORROW NIGHT: An event on “Confronting Climate Change,” as part of the Abe Fellows Global Forum. Learn more below or visit the Official Event Page!! […]

NEW RELEASE: “Anthropocene Reading” (Penn State Press, 2017)

Posted on Oct 14, 2017
NEW RELEASE: “Anthropocene Reading” (Penn State Press, 2017)

Former CENHS Predoctoral Fellow Derek Woods is a featured contributor in an exciting new collection from Penn State University Press, Anthropocene Reading: Literary History in Geologic Times, edited by Tobias Menely and Jesse Oak Taylor.   Below is the release from the press, as well as additional information about this new resource.   Few terms have garnered more […]

“Could Be Loved”: New Installation at Rice University’s JuiceBOX Units

Posted on Oct 11, 2017
“Could Be Loved”: New Installation at Rice University’s JuiceBOX Units

The JuiceBOX Units, which played host to the 2016 Biennial Fotofest events at Rice University, have now been converted into art installation spaces for use by students as well as local artists and activists. These unique, solar-powered spaces were designed to house innovative artwork such as Marina Zurkow’s “Dear Climate” project or Judy Natal‘s Another Storm […]

Matthew Burtner at Rice University – October 13, 2017

Posted on Oct 6, 2017
Matthew Burtner at Rice University – October 13, 2017

Alaskan-born composer and sound artist Matthew Burtner will be visiting Rice next Friday, October 13th from 2:00–3:20pm. He will be talking about climate change and materials of sonic activism in a post-ice world. The talk will take place at Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Room 1402, and is sponsored by CENHS and […]

John Broome Lecture at Rice University (Sep 15th at 4:15pm)

Posted on Sep 7, 2017
John Broome Lecture at Rice University (Sep 15th at 4:15pm)

“Efficiency and Future Generations: Responding to Climate Change” by John Broome Come hear John Broome, Emeritus White’s Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford, who will be speaking on Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 4:15pm in Duncan 1070. This event is sponsored by CENHS and the Philosophy Department at Rice University. The lecture […]

“A Poetics of the Atmos-Fear”

Posted on Sep 5, 2017
“A Poetics of the Atmos-Fear”

The following is an excerpt from my public humanities lecture, “Toxic Agents: Poetry, Pollution, and Environmental Racism,” which will be given tonight at the Health Museum of Houston (5:30pm). The goal of the talk is to outline three toxic agents that I believe have shaped both literary and medical discourses over the last 100 years. […]