Cultures of Energy welcomes Dr. Constance Penley, Friday, April 19th, at 4pm in the Farnsworth Pavilion, Rice University
Dr. Penley’s talk is entitled “The Environmental Media Initiative: Transforming Communication and Collaboration among the Sciences, Humanities, Industry and the Public”
Abstract: This talk explores a provocative and successful case of what environmental humanities has been able to achieve when it has actively and creatively engaged the sciences, industry, and the public. In 2000, UC Santa Barbara leveraged its exceptional strengths in media/communication studies and environmental science to create a unique interdisciplinary program to explore the power of media to translate science to solutions. The Environmental Media Initiative brings together environmental scientists with film and media scholars drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences to collaborate on research, teaching, and public programming.
Bio: Constance Penley is Professor of Film and Media Studies and Co-Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Her major areas of research interest are film history and theory, feminist theory, cultural studies, contemporary art, and science and technology studies. She is a founding editor of Camera Obscura: Feminism, Media, Cultural Studies and editor or co-editor of the influential collections Feminism and Film Theory, Male Trouble, Technoculture, The Visible Woman: Imaging Technologies, Science and Gender, and The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure (with Tristan Taormino, Mireille Miller-Young, and Celine Parreñas Shimizu). Her books include The Future of an Illusion: Film, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis, NASA/TREK: Popular Science and Sex in America, and the forthcoming Teaching Pornography. She is co-producer of Porn 101 with Katie Morgan for HBO Documentaries. Her collaborative art projects are “MELROSE SPACE: Primetime Art by the GALA Committee” and “Biospheria: An Environmental Opera,” on which she was co-librettist. Penley is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Award and the Kenneth Burke Society Prize in Rhetorical Criticism.