Ep. #96 – Matthew Burtner

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017
Ep. #96 – Matthew Burtner

Dominic and Cymene talk surprise interspecies encounters. Then (11:08) we talk to composer, musician and sonic activist Matthew Burtner (http://matthewburtner.com , http://www.ecosono.org) about his work in ecoacoustics that touches on environmental issues ranging from multispecies relations to climate change. Matthew explains how his upbringing in Alaska created an early interest in the environment and led […]

Review – A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017
Review – A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America

A Temperate Empire: Making Climate Change in Early America. Anya Zilberstein. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. xi + 264, US$55.00 cloth.   “In one century and a half this part of America has undergone a change which no country has ever passed thro’ in so short a time. The forests near the Seacoasts […]

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

Posted by 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 by 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 […]

Cultivating an Outer Space Ecology: Introducing the On-Orbit Gardener

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017
Cultivating an Outer Space Ecology: Introducing the On-Orbit Gardener

Part of a series commissioned in 2009 by NASA for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center, the “Farmers Wanted” poster above is only one of many advertising for humanity’s resettlement on Mars. The series, Mars Explorers Wanted, includes other posters with text such as “We Need You”—an astronautical replica of Uncle Sam and the infamous […]

Ep. #95 – Gretchen Bakke

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017
Ep. #95 – Gretchen Bakke

Ofcymene and Ofdominic share their thoughts on The Handmaid’s Tale and then (17:20) we are delighted to welcome to the podcast, Gretchen Bakke, anthropologist and author of the celebrated The Grid: The Fraying Wires between Americans and our Energy Future (Bloomsbury, 2016). We begin with this week’s announcement of the termination of the Clean Power […]

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

Posted by 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 […]

It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017
It’s Poo Power: How Dairy Cows Could Provide the Electricity of the Future

They call it ‘cow power.’ A San Francisco-based company, Sustainable Conservation, wants to use the methane produced from cow manure to provide electricity for mass consumption. California is home to nearly 1,750 California dairy farms and 1.79 million milk cows, and as wonderful as this burgeoning California industry may be, these cows – and others […]

Matthew Burtner at Rice University – October 13, 2017

Posted by 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 […]

Ep. #94 – The Yes Men

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017
Ep. #94 – The Yes Men

Your co-hosts compare inaction on gun violence to inaction on climate change and rant a little about how we can hope for a better future world when we can’t even make our communities safe in the present. Then (17:57), in the name of improving our political edutainment, we welcome to the podcast, The Yes Men, […]