Houston A Year After Harvey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2018
Houston A Year After Harvey

Jim Blackburn—special guest for our podcast episode, “Harvey’s Aftermath“—will be the featured speaker at “Houston A Year After Harvey,” hosted by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on August 30th. The event will also include panelists Tom McCasland, the director of Housing and Community Development for the City of Houston; Mary Anne Piacentini, the executive director […]

CENHS @ Rice U. researchers’ documentary on melting glacier to premiere Aug. 17 in Iceland

Posted by on Aug 1, 2018
CENHS @ Rice U. researchers’ documentary on melting glacier to premiere Aug. 17 in Iceland

HOUSTON – (July 30, 2018) – A new documentary film produced by Rice University anthropologists about what was one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland will premiere Aug. 17 in Reykjavik, Iceland. The film’s title, “Not Ok,” refers to the nickname for Okjökull, which in 2014 became the first of Iceland’s glaciers to lose its “glacier” title. Scientists […]

Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Posted by on May 23, 2018
Curatorial Vacancies at the National Museum of American History

Read below for information about two new curatorial positions available at the National Museum of American History (Smithsonian) in Washington, D.C.! The position is Curator of the History of Technology with a focus on energy production or engineering, broadly conceived.  The museum has terrific collections in each of these areas and are particularly strong in […]

From Wasteland to Carolina Gold

Posted by on May 1, 2018
From Wasteland to Carolina Gold

When Europeans colonized the Americas, one major challenge they faced was new environmental contexts. But in addition to the lack of knowledge Europeans had with respect to flora, fauna, and climate, they also faced a major environmental obstacle in how to imagine a colonized landscape. Colonizers had ideas about what economic activities—at first extractive through […]

Living in the Future’s Past Screening and Q&A with Timothy Morton and Susan Kucera

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018
Living in the Future’s Past Screening and Q&A with Timothy Morton and Susan Kucera

Join Rice University’s Timothy Morton and Director Susan Kucera this Sunday, April 22 for the WorldFest theatrical showing of the documentary film Living in the Future’s Past presented and produced by Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges.   Living in the Future’s Past is a beautifully filmed tour de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face. Jeff Bridges, alongside […]

Congrats to our predoc fellow Katie Ulrich for receiving NSF GRFP fellowship

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018
Congrats to our predoc fellow Katie Ulrich for receiving NSF GRFP fellowship

Katie Ulrich, a predoctoral fellow at the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences (CENHS) and a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University, received a fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This prestigious fellowship is highly competitive—only 2,000 recipients are selected from over 13,000 applicants. […]

Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018
Book Review: Matters of Care, by María Puig de la Bellacasa

Puig de la Bellacasa, María. Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More than Human Worlds. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 280 pp. María Puig de la Bellacasa’s Matters of Care sets out to explore what a more-than-human ethics could—and needs to—look like. She draws on critical scholarship on “technoscientific knowledge production” as well as […]

Water at the Door: Catastrophe in Deep Time

Posted by 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 […]

RUN GMC: China, EVs, and the future of clean automobiles

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018
RUN GMC: China, EVs, and the future of clean automobiles

“You know what FORD stands for, girls?” my grandpa used to ask my sister, Mattie, and me. “No,” I’d reply, but I already knew where his joke was heading. Being a General Motors (GM) car dealer led to an adamant, dedicated brand loyalty among the Fuson family lines, and jokes about other car brands were […]

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

Posted by 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 […]